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Thomas Jefferson
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A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the
high duties of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws
of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when
in danger, are of higher obligation. To lose our country by a
scrupulous adherence to written law, would be to lose the law
itself, with life, liberty, property and all those who are enjoying
them with us; thus absurdly sacrificing the end to the means.

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