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14 Famous Quotes by James Madison
3/16/1751 - 6/28/1836
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I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.

Benevolence Quotes, by James Madison

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

Defense Quotes, by James Madison

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If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy

Tyranny Quotes, by James Madison

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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?

Commerce Quotes, by James Madison

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

Defense Quotes, by James Madison

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A good government implies two things: fidelity to the object of government, which is the happiness of the people; secondly, a knowledge of the means by which that object can be best attained

Fidelity Quotes, by James Madison

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Liberty and order will never be perfectly safe, until a trespass on the constitutional provisions for either, shall be felt with the same keenness that resents an invasion of the dearest rights.

Order Quotes, by 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

Press Quotes, by 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

Safety Quotes, by 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.

Silence Quotes, by 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.

Education Quotes, by James Madison

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If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

Government Quotes, by James Madison

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The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.

Power Quotes, by 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.

Property Quotes, by James Madison

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