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AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, from the fair copy of the drafts of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798.—The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Paul L. Ford, vol. 7, p. 305 (1896).
SUBJECTS: Constitution of the United States