Quotation: "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
Variations: None known.
Sources consulted: Searching on the phrase "democracy will cease to exist" and "willing to work"
Earliest known appearance in print: 1986 
Earliest known appearance in print, attributed to Jefferson: See above.
Other attributions: None known.
Status: This exact quotation has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It bears a very vague resemblance to Jefferson's comment in a prospectus for his translation of Destutt de Tracy's Treatise on Political Economy: "To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, — the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, & the fruits acquired by it."
- Anna Berkes 3/6/08
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