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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)

  • The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
    (James Madison)

  • A standing army is one of the greatest mischief that can possibly happen.
    (James Madison)

  • 'Every answer he President John Adams gives to his addressers unmasks more and more his principles and views. His language to the young men at Philadelphia is the most abominable and degrading that could fall from the lips of the first magistrate of an independent people, and particularly from a Revolutionary patriot.'
    (James Madison)

  • 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.
    (James Madison)


  • 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.
    (James Madison)

  • 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 Madison)

  • 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)

  • We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
    (James Madison)

  • The Constitution of the United States was created by the people of the United States composing the respective states, who alone had the right .
    (James Madison)

  • The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
    (James Madison)

  • Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other sects Memorial and Remonstrance.
    (James Madison)

  • If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
    (James Madison)

  • All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
    (James Madison)

  • 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)


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