FAMOUS QUOTES OF JAMES MADISON

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

“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.”

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

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

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

“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.”

“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.”

“A well-instructed people alone can be permanently free.”

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”

“The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

“The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects.”

“Equal laws protecting equal rights… the best guarantee of loyalty and love of country.”

“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.”

“America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.”

“The advancement of agriculture, commerce, and manufactures, by all proper means, will not, I trust, need recommendation. But I cannot forbear intimating to you the expediency of giving effectual encouragement as well to the introduction of new and useful inventions from abroad, as to the exertions of skill and genius in producing them at home.”

“The great desideratum in Government is, so to modify the sovereignty as that it may be sufficiently neutral between different parts of the Society to control one part from invading the rights of another, and at the same time sufficiently controlled itself, from setting up an interest adverse to that of the entire Society.”

“If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one.”

“Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.”

“The power to prescribe any religious exercise or to assume authority in religious discipline is a power over conscience, a power incompatible with the rights of free inquiry, of thought, of speech, and of worship.”

“No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”

“Learned institutions ought to be favorites to every free people.”

“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”

“Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as by the abuses of power.”

“It is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties… Liberty once lost is lost forever.”

“A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

“The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.”