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    A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    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. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    All men having power ought to be mistrusted. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    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. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    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. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    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. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    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. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    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. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    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. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    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. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    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. James-MadisonJames Madison
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    If men were angels, no government would be necessary. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    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. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    In no instance have... the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    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. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    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. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as by the abuses of power. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    Of all the enemies of public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    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. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    Philosophy is common sense with big words. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy. James-Madison/">James Madison
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    The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. James-Madison/41.php">James Madison
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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. James-Madison/42.php">James Madison
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    The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world. James-Madison/43.php">James Madison
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    The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself. James-Madison/44.php">James Madison
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    The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad. James-Madison/45.php">James Madison
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    The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. James-Madison/46.php">James Madison
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    The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right. James-Madison/47.php">James Madison
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    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. James-Madison/48.php">James Madison
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    The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. James-Madison/49.php">James Madison
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    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. James-Madison/50.php">James Madison
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    To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. James-Madison/51.php">James Madison
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    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. James-Madison/52.php">James Madison
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    War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason. James-Madison/53.php">James Madison
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    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. James-Madison/54.php">James Madison
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    What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support? James-Madison/55.php">James Madison
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    Whenever a youth is ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents cannot afford, he should be carried forward at the public expense. James-Madison/56.php">James Madison
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    Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions. James-Madison/57.php">James Madison
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    Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done. James-Madison/58.php">James Madison