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AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Judge Spencer Roane, September 6, 1819.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Andrew A. Lipscomb, vol. 15, p. 213 (1904).
SUBJECTS: Constitution of the United States