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If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. JAMES MADISON
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Philosophy is common sense with big words. JAMES MADISON

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. JAMES MADISON

As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. JAMES MADISON



To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. JAMES MADISON

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. JAMES MADISON
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Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. JAMES MADISON

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. JAMES MADISON

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. JAMES MADISON

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. JAMES MADISON

The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. JAMES MADISON

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. JAMES MADISON

War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits. JAMES MADISON

Whenever a youth is ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents cannot afford, he should be carried forward at the public expense. JAMES MADISON

If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. JAMES MADISON

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. JAMES MADISON

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. JAMES MADISON

The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries. JAMES MADISON

Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been, and ever will be pursued, until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit. JAMES MADISON

By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt. JAMES MADISON

The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state. JAMES MADISON

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. JAMES MADISON

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. JAMES MADISON

No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. JAMES MADISON

The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world. JAMES MADISON
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To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. JAMES MADISON
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The proposed Constitution is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both. JAMES MADISON

We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. JAMES MADISON

Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things, be proper or safe judges, whether a war ought to be commenced, continued, or concluded. JAMES MADISON
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The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science. JAMES MADISON


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To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. JAMES MADISON

Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. JAMES MADISON

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. JAMES MADISON

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. JAMES MADISON

We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. JAMES MADISON

What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support? JAMES MADISON

A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States. JAMES MADISON

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. JAMES MADISON

Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. JAMES MADISON

The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad. JAMES MADISON

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Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. JAMES MADISON

To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. JAMES MADISON

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. JAMES MADISON

War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits. JAMES MADISON

The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state. JAMES MADISON

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. JAMES MADISON

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived. JAMES MADISON

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. JAMES MADISON

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. JAMES MADISON
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War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits. JAMES MADISON

If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. JAMES MADISON

Those who are to conduct a war cannot in the nature of things, be proper or safe judges, whether a war ought to be commenced, continued, or concluded. JAMES MADISON
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The Constitution expressly and exclusively vests in the Legislature the power of declaring a state of war. The separation of the power of declaring war from that of conducting it is wisely contrived to exclude the danger of its being declared for the sake of its being conducted. JAMES MADISON
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Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. JAMES MADISON

The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war. JAMES MADISON
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Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. JAMES MADISON

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. JAMES MADISON

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. JAMES MADISON

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived. JAMES MADISON

All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. JAMES MADISON

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As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. JAMES MADISON

The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. JAMES MADISON

By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt. JAMES MADISON

I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property. JAMES MADISON

The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. JAMES MADISON

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I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property. JAMES MADISON

The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy. JAMES MADISON

All that seems indispensible in stating the account between the dead and the living, is to see that the debts against the latter do not exceed the advances made by the former. JAMES MADISON

What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support? JAMES MADISON



What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? JAMES MADISON

Is it not the glory of the people of America, that, whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience? To this manly spirit, posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example, of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theatre, in favor of private rights and public happiness. JAMES MADISON
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The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed. JAMES MADISON
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The free system of government we have established is so congenial with reason, with common sense, and with a universal feeling, that it must produce approbation and a desire of imitation, as avenues may be found for truth to the knowledge of nations. JAMES MADISON
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Equal laws protecting equal rights the best guarantee of loyalty & love of country. JAMES MADISON
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Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people, by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations. JAMES MADISON
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What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support? JAMES MADISON
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Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty & dangerous encroachments on the public liberty. JAMES MADISON
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The danger of disturbing the public tranquillity by interesting too strongly the public passions, is a still more serious objection against a frequent reference of constitutional questions to the decision of the whole society. JAMES MADISON
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In order to judge of the form to be given to this institution the Senate, it will be proper to take a view of the ends to be served by it. These were,first, to protect the people against their rulers, secondly, to protect the people against the transient impressions into which they themselves might be led. JAMES MADISON
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War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason; and if any thing is to be hoped, every thing ought to be tried. JAMES MADISON
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I think it absolutely necessary that the President should have the power of removing his subordinates from office; it will make him, in a peculiar manner, responsible for their conduct, and subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excesses. JAMES MADISON
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It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. JAMES MADISON
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A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. JAMES MADISON
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Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty. JAMES MADISON

It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. JAMES MADISON

The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. JAMES MADISON

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. JAMES MADISON

The Constitution expressly and exclusively vests in the Legislature the power of declaring a state of war. The separation of the power of declaring war from that of conducting it is wisely contrived to exclude the danger of its being declared for the sake of its being conducted. JAMES MADISON
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If we are to take for the criterion of truth the majority of suffrages, they ought to be gotten from those philosophic and patriotic citizens who cultivate their reason. JAMES MADISON

America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts. JAMES MADISON

The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived. JAMES MADISON

A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States. JAMES MADISON

Despotism can only exist in darkness, and there are too many lights now in the political firmament to permit it to remain anywhere, as it has heretofore done, almost everywhere. JAMES MADISON

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. JAMES MADISON

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government. JAMES MADISON

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. JAMES MADISON

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. JAMES MADISON

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. JAMES MADISON

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. JAMES MADISON

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. JAMES MADISON
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All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. JAMES MADISON

Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. JAMES MADISON

The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war. JAMES MADISON
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The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad. JAMES MADISON


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