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James Madison Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Sep 2021
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The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater curse than any other.
The rights of man as the foundation of just Government had been long understood; but the superstructures projected had been sadly defective.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
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.
What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
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.
Strongly guarded as is the separation between religion and government in the Constitution of the United States the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history.
The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed
Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
If we are to take for the criterion of truth the majority of suffrages, they ought to be gotten from those philosophic and patriotic citizens who cultivate their reason.
The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.
Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence
Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect
Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
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