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AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
ATTRIBUTION: President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Thomas Cooper, November 29, 1802.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 8, p. 178 (1897).
SUBJECTS: Government