Departure from Principle and the Power of Precedent

Liberty Alerts, Thomas Jefferson

A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of the society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sin and suffering.


Source: Thomas Jefferson, Works, Volume 7, p. 14


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