Thomas Jefferson - That government is best which governs the least,...

Quote Text: 

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.

Explanation: 

This quote is actually from Henry David Thoreau's essay entitled "Civil Disobedience." The entire passage reads:

I heartily accept the motto,—“That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I also believe,—“That government is best which governs not at all;” and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.
—Thoreau, Civil Disobedience