James Madison Quotes


50 James Madison quotes:



"We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties."
"No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
"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?"
"What is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?"
"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 happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world"
"The number of individuals employed under the Constitution of the United States will be much smaller than the number employed under the particular states. There will consequently be less of personal influence on the side of the former than of the latter."
"But ambitious encroachments of the federal government, on the authority of the State governments, would not excite the opposition of a single State, or of a few States only. They would be signals of general alarm... But what degree of madness could ever drive the federal government to such an extremity."
"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 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."
"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
"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."
"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."
"A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country."
"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."
"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree."
"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse."



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