Thomas Jefferson: Founding Father Quote




Thomas Jefferson Quote
United States Founding Father

Quote 987 details Share on Google+ - Quote 987 Linked In Share Button - Quote 987 A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the highest duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to John B. Colvin, September 20, 1810
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