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James Madison Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2020
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America And Americans
Law And Lawyers
Power must be in the hands of the wealth of the nation, those who have sympathy for property owners and their rights, and who understand that the fundamental task of the government is to protect the minority opulent from the majority.
During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.
Anti Religious quotes
The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy
Another of my wishes is to depend as little as possible on the labor of slaves
The rights of man as the foundation of just Government had been long understood; but the superstructures projected had been sadly defective
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights
The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right
There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong
The principles and modes of governments are too important to be disregarded by an inquisitive mind and I think are well worthy a critical examination by all students that have health and leisure
Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.
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.
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.
On a candid examination of history, we shall find that turbulence, violence, and abuse of power, by the majority, trampling on the rights of the minority, have produced factions and commotions which, in republics, have, more frequently than any other
In all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations
And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together
A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.
The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
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