James Madison Quotes


50 James Madison quotes:



"Each State, in ratifying the Constitution, is considered as a sovereign body, independent of all others, and only to be bound by its own voluntary act. In this relation, then, the new Constitution will, if established, be a FEDERAL, and not a NATIONAL constitution."
"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse."
"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."
"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."
"As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed."
"In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority"
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"The proposed Constitution is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both."
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"the father of the U.S. Constitution."
"Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred"
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"The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted."
"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."
"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree."
"Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages."
"A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people."
"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?"
"A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen"
"The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world"
"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."
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"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy"
"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."



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