James Madison Quotes
The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
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.
A pure democracy is a society
consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and
administer the government in person.
A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best natural defense of a free country.
As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
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 usurpation.
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.
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
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.
It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.
The proposed Constitution is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both. 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 with blood for centuries.
The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?