Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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That government is best which governs least." -- This quotation has not been found anywhere in Jefferson's recorded writings or speeches. It first saw print in 1837, in the editor's introduction to the first issue of United States Magazine and Democratic Review, and Henry David Thoureau later used it, without attribution, in "On Civil Disobedience." (See the discussion in Paul F. Boller & John George, They Never Said It, Oxford Univ. Press, 1989, p. 56, and in Paul F. Boller, Not So!, Oxford Univ. Press, 1995, pp. 49-51.)

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