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AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.
ATTRIBUTION: President THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Shelton Gilliam, June 19, 1808.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 12, p. 73 (1903).
SUBJECTS: Government spending