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  • In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
    (James Madison)

  • Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.
    (James Madison)

  • The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state.
    (James Madison)

  • The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.
    (James Madison)

  • 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)


  • 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)

  • 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 Madison)

  • 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.
    (James Madison)

  • Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.
    (James Madison)


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