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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)
QUOTATION: Government should not be made an end in itself; it is a means only,—a means to be freely adapted to advance the best interests of the social organism. The State exists for the sake of Society, not Society for the sake of the State.
ATTRIBUTION: WOODROW WILSON, The State; Elements of Historical and Practical Politics, rev. ed., chapter 16, section 1528, p. 636 (1911).
SUBJECTS: Government—purpose of