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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Edward Gibbon (1737–94)
QUOTATION: The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.
ATTRIBUTION: EDWARD GIBBON, History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, chapter 3, third paragraph, p. 33 (1838).
SUBJECTS: Constitution of the United States