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The natural progress of things... (Spurious Quotation)
Quotation: "The natural progress of things is for the government to gain ground and for liberty to yield."
Variations: There are many variations of this quote, including (but not limited to):
- "As government grows, liberty decreases."
- "It is in the natural course of events that liberty recedes and government grows.”
- Anna Berkes, 3/6/09; updated 11/20/15
- Kaminski, John P., ed. The Quotable Jefferson. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2006.
- Popik, Barry. "As government grows, liberty decreases." The Big Apple. March 9, 2014.
Filed In:Spurious Quotations