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Freedom is lost gradually...(Spurious Quotation)

Quotation: "Freedom is lost gradually from an uninterested, uninformed, and uninvolved people."


  1. "Freedom is lost gradually from uninterested, uninformed, and uninvolved people."

Sources consulted:1

  1. Founders Online
  2. Thomas Jefferson retirement correspondence

Earliest known appearance in print: 20142

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

Status: This quotation has not been found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson. Although its first known appearance in print was in 2014, it appeared online at least as early as 2011 (although not, at that point, attributed to Jefferson).3 It was first attributed to Jefferson in January 2012 on Twitter.4 This second occurrence with attribution to Jefferson propagated quickly on Twitter and is still being repeated.

- Anna Berkes, 1/12/21

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