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James Madison Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Aug 2021
James Madison Topics
America And Americans
Law And Lawyers
I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property.
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.
Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.
Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.
Despotism can only exist in darkness, and there are too many lights now in the political firmament to permit it to remain anywhere, as it has heretofore done, almost everywhere.
Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic.
By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.
As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
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.
Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.
Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.
All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
All that seems indispensible in stating the account between the dead and the living, is to see that the debts against the latter do not exceed the advances made by the former.
A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.
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 man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.
To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression
Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation
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