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" ... Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment.... "
Memoirs, correspondence and private papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. by T.J ... - Page 288
by Thomas Jefferson - 1829
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Memoirs, Correspondence, and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson ..., Volume 4

Thomas Jefferson - United States - 1829 - 552 pages
...misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering. Then begins, indeed, the bettum omnium in omnia, which some philosophers observing...dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with...
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Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, Volume 4

Thomas Jefferson - United States - 1829
...suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well : I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very...dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with...
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Sketches of the Life, Writings, and Opinions of Thomas Jefferson: With ...

B. L. Rayner - Presidents - 1832 - 556 pages
...and suppose what they did to be beyond amendments I knew that age well: I belonged to it, nnd labored with it. It deserved well of its country.- It was...dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with...
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Sketches of the Life, Writings, and Opinions of Thomas Jefferson: With ...

B. L. Rayner - Presidents - 1832 - 556 pages
...and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well: 1 belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very...they would say themselves. were they to rise from ihedead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions....
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Life of Thomas Jefferson: With Selections from the Most Valuable Portions of ...

B. L. Rayner - 1834 - 431 pages
...experience of the present ; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book reading : and this they would say themselves were they to rise from the dead. We had not yet penetrated to the mother principle, that 'governments are republican only in proportion...
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Life of Thomas Jefferson: With Selections from the Most Valuable Portions of ...

B. L. Rayner - 1834 - 431 pages
...without perience of the present; and forty years of ex3e in government is worth a century of book readnd this they would say themselves were they to rise from the dead. We had not yet penetrated to the mother principle, that ' governments are republican only in proportion...
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The Life of Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States ..., Volume 2

George Tucker - 1837
...because the prepossessions of age are generally in favour of times that are past. "Some men, he says, look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence,...of experience in government is worth a century of book reading; this they would say of themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not...
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The Life of Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States ..., Volume 2

George Tucker - 1837
...a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well. 1 belonged to it, and laboured with it. It deserved...of experience in government is worth a century of book reading ; this they would say of themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not...
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Proceedings and Debates of the Convention of the Commonwealth of ..., Volume 5

Pennsylvania. Constitutional Convention - Constitutional history - 1838
...what they did, to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well: I belonged to it, and labored with ii. It deserved well of its country. It was very like...of experience in government, is worth a century of book-leading: and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not...
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Report of the Debates and Proceedings of the Convention for the Revision of ...

Kentucky. Constitutional Convention - Constitutional amendments - 1849 - 1129 pages
...suppose what they 'did, to be beyond amendment. I know that 'age well. I Belonged to it, and labored with it. ' It deserved well of its country. It was...without the experience of ' the present; and forty years experience in gov' ernment is worth a century of book reading, ' and this they would say themselves,...
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