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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: John Adams (1735–1826)
QUOTATION: Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN ADAMS, letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814.—The Works of John Adams, ed. Charles Francis Adams, vol. 6, p. 484 (1851).
SUBJECTS: Democracy