Quotation: "We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate."

Variations: None known.

Sources consulted:

  1. Founders Online
  2. Thomas Jefferson retirement papers

Earliest known appearance in print: 2009[1]

Earliest known appearance in print, attributed to Thomas Jefferson: see above

Comments: This quotation has never been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.


  1. ^ Rent to Own Magazine, volume 5, issue 2 (March 2009): 5. The quotation reportedly appeared slightly earlier (2008) in a video game, Fallout 3; see https://fallout.fandom.com/wiki/MS15ButtonGwinnett.txt.