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James Madison quotes: A bad cause seldom fails to betray itself. A bad cause seldom fails to betray itself.
James Madison quotes: The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money. The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
James Madison quotes: The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
James Madison quotes: If our nation is ever taken over, it will be taken over from within. If our nation is ever taken over, it will be taken over from within.
James Madison quotes: A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species. A just security to property is not afforded by that government, under which unequal taxes oppress one species of property and reward another species.
James Madison quotes: In all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance In all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance
James Madison quotes: Security against foreign danger is one of the primitive objects of civil society. It is an avowed and essential object of the American Union. Security against foreign danger is one of the primitive objects of civil society. It is an avowed and essential object of the American Union.
James Madison quotes: Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations. Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.
James Madison quotes: Are not the daily devotions conducted by these legal ecclesiastics already degenerating into a scanty attendance, and a tiresome formality? Are not the daily devotions conducted by these legal ecclesiastics already degenerating into a scanty attendance, and a tiresome formality?
James Madison quotes: The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed. 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 quotes: The establishment of the chaplainship to Congress is a palpable violation of ... constitutional principles. The establishment of the chaplainship to Congress is a palpable violation of ... constitutional principles.
James Madison quotes: Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one. Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.
James Madison quotes: The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded. The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.
James Madison quotes: Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
James Madison quotes: What is here a right towards men, is a duty towards the Creator. What is here a right towards men, is a duty towards the Creator.
James Madison quotes: People will continue to seek justice until it is found, or until liberty is lost in the pursuit. People will continue to seek justice until it is found, or until liberty is lost in the pursuit.
James Madison quotes: A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. 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 quotes: The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right. The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right.
James Madison quotes: But the mere circumstance of complexion cannot deprive them of the character of men. But the mere circumstance of complexion cannot deprive them of the character of men.
James Madison quotes: Our Constitution represents the work of the finger of Almighty God. Our Constitution represents the work of the finger of Almighty God.
James Madison quotes: A distinction of property results from that very protection which a free Government gives to unequal faculties of acquiring it. A distinction of property results from that very protection which a free Government gives to unequal faculties of acquiring it.
James Madison quotes: [The public has] the habit now of invalidating opinions emanating from me by reference to my age and infirmities. [The public has] the habit now of invalidating opinions emanating from me by reference to my age and infirmities.
James Madison quotes: They can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society. They can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.
James Madison quotes: The Constitution of the U.S. forbids everything like an establishment of a national religion. The Constitution of the U.S. forbids everything like an establishment of a national religion.
James Madison quotes: The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex. The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.
James Madison quotes: A government that does not trust it's law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust. A government that does not trust it's law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust.
James Madison quotes: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
James Madison quotes: No error is more certain than the one proceeding from a hasty and superficial view of the subject. No error is more certain than the one proceeding from a hasty and superficial view of the subject.
James Madison quotes: Freedom has more often been lost in small steps by progressive incrementalism, than it has been by catastrophic upheavals such as violence or war. Freedom has more often been lost in small steps by progressive incrementalism, than it has been by catastrophic upheavals such as violence or war.
James Madison quotes: If men were angels, there would be no need of government. If men were angels, there would be no need of government.
James Madison quotes: A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
James Madison quotes: A public debt is a public curse. A public debt is a public curse.
James Madison quotes: Every word decides a question between power and liberty. Every word decides a question between power and liberty.
James Madison quotes: Popular liberty might then have escaped the indelible reproach of decreeing to the same citizens, the hemlock on one day, and statues on the next. Popular liberty might then have escaped the indelible reproach of decreeing to the same citizens, the hemlock on one day, and statues on the next.
James Madison quotes: Our country, if it does justice to itself, will be the workshop of liberty to the civilized world. Our country, if it does justice to itself, will be the workshop of liberty to the civilized world.
James Madison quotes: Where a majority are united by a common sentiment, and have an opportunity, the rights of the minor party become insecure. Where a majority are united by a common sentiment, and have an opportunity, the rights of the minor party become insecure.
James Madison quotes: No free country has ever been without Parties, which are a natural offspring of freedom. No free country has ever been without Parties, which are a natural offspring of freedom.
James Madison quotes: The rights of man as the foundation of just Government had been long understood but the superstructures projected had been sadly defective The rights of man as the foundation of just Government had been long understood but the superstructures projected had been sadly defective
James Madison quotes: Democracy was the right of the people to choose their own tyrant. Democracy was the right of the people to choose their own tyrant.
James Madison quotes: Procrastination in the beginning and precipitation towards the conclusion is the characteristic of such bodies. Procrastination in the beginning and precipitation towards the conclusion is the characteristic of such bodies.
James Madison quotes: The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
James Madison quotes: No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity. No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.
James Madison quotes: Armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. Armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.
James Madison quotes: Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace. Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.
James Madison quotes: [Exchange] the galling burden of bachelorship for the easy yoke of matrimony. [Exchange] the galling burden of bachelorship for the easy yoke of matrimony.
James Madison quotes: A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.
James Madison quotes: Respect for character is always diminished in proportion to the number among whom the blame or praise is to be divided. Respect for character is always diminished in proportion to the number among whom the blame or praise is to be divided.
James Madison quotes: Philosophy is common sense with big words. Philosophy is common sense with big words.
James Madison quotes: All power in human hands is liable to be abused. All power in human hands is liable to be abused.
James Madison quotes: If man is not fit to govern himself, how can he be fit to govern someone else? If man is not fit to govern himself, how can he be fit to govern someone else?
James Madison quotes: I flatter myself [we] have in this country extinguished forever the ambitious hope of making laws for the human mind. I flatter myself [we] have in this country extinguished forever the ambitious hope of making laws for the human mind.
James Madison quotes: WHEN THE BALL IS COMING AT 100 MPH FROM PITCHER THERES NOTHING SOFT ABOUT THAT WHEN THE BALL IS COMING AT 100 MPH FROM PITCHER THERES NOTHING SOFT ABOUT THAT
James Madison quotes: The President is responsible to the public for the conduct of the person he has nominated and appointed. The President is responsible to the public for the conduct of the person he has nominated and appointed.
James Madison quotes: As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.
James Madison quotes: Precedents once established are so much positive power. Precedents once established are so much positive power.
James Madison quotes: To consider the degree of concord which ultimately prevailed as less than a miracle. To consider the degree of concord which ultimately prevailed as less than a miracle.
James Madison quotes: Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.
James Madison quotes: Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ. Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.
James Madison quotes: The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war. The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.
James Madison quotes: If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison quotes: 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. 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 quotes: If the people are to be our governors, they must arm themselves with knowledge. If the people are to be our governors, they must arm themselves with knowledge.
James Madison quotes: It may be concluded that a pure democracy ... can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction. It may be concluded that a pure democracy ... can admit no cure for the mischiefs of faction.
James Madison quotes: We are teaching the world the great truth that Governments do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. We are teaching the world the great truth that Governments do better without Kings & Nobles than with them.
James Madison quotes: The temple through which alone lies the road to that of Liberty. The temple through which alone lies the road to that of Liberty.
James Madison quotes: It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute. It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.
James Madison quotes: War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason. War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason.
James Madison quotes: Every new and successful example of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance. Every new and successful example of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters is of importance.
James Madison quotes: I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse and in a republican government more than in any other. I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse and in a republican government more than in any other.
James Madison quotes: Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done. Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.
James Madison quotes: I have ever regarded the freedom of religious opinions and worship as equally belonging to every sect. I have ever regarded the freedom of religious opinions and worship as equally belonging to every sect.
James Madison quotes: In the extent and proper structure of the Union, therefore, we behold a republican remedy for the disease incident to republican government. In the extent and proper structure of the Union, therefore, we behold a republican remedy for the disease incident to republican government.
James Madison quotes: Let me recommend the best medicine in the world a long journey at a mild season through a pleasant country in easy stages. Let me recommend the best medicine in the world a long journey at a mild season through a pleasant country in easy stages.
James Madison quotes: Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring classes. Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring classes.