Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.
Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Edward Carrington
January 16, 1787

Thomas Jefferson
April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826