James Madison

1751 - 1836

A Quote by James Madison

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

James Madison (1751 - 1836)

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A Quote by James Madison on constitution, government, nations, people, and trust

[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 (1751 - 1836)

Source: The Federalist Papers, No. 46, 1787

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A Quote by James Madison on blessings, choice, evil, good, people, and reflection

A cool and candid people will at once reflect that the purest of human blessings must have a portion of alloy in them, that the choice must always be made, if not of the lesser evil, at least of the greater, not the perfect, good.

James Madison (1751 - 1836)

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A Quote by James Madison on knowledge and liberty

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

James Madison (1751 - 1836)

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A Quote by James Madison on independence, language, men, patriotism, people, presidency, and principles

"Every answer he [President John Adams] gives to his addressers unmasks more and more his principles and views. His language to the young men at Philadelphia is the most abominable and degrading that could fall from the lips of the first magistrate of an independent people, and particularly from a Revolutionary patriot."

James Madison (1751 - 1836)

Source: Letter to Thomas Jefferson, May 20, 1798

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A Quote by James Madison on abuse, government, and power

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

James Madison (1751 - 1836)

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