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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: The main objects of all science, the freedom and happiness of man…. [are] the sole objects of all legitimate government.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to General Thaddeus Kosciusko, February 26, 1810.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 12, pp. 369–70 (1904).

In the stairwell of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is a plaque inscribed with this quotation, lacking the first clause above.
SUBJECTS: Government—purpose of