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    Our Constitution represents the work of the finger of Almighty God.
    — James Madison
    tags: work  god 
     
    But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.
    — James Madison
    tags: body 
     
    No error is more certain than the one proceeding from a hasty and superficial view of the subject.
    — James Madison
    In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
    — James Madison
    tags: men  control  government 
     
    Disarm the people- that is the best and most effective way to enslave them.
    — James Madison
    If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
    — James Madison
    A people armed and free, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition and is a bulwark for the nation against foreign invasion and domestic oppression.
    — James Madison
    Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.
    — James Madison
    The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed.
    — James Madison
    The governments of Europe are afraid to trust the people with arms. If they did, the people would certainly shake off the yoke of tyranny, as America did.
    — James Madison
    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
    tags: forever  blood  church 
     
    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
    tags: people  power  forever 
     
    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 Madison
    We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.
    — James Madison
    Americans need not fear the federal government because they enjoy the advantage of being armed, which you possess over the people of almost every other nation.
    — James Madison
    If our nation is ever taken over, it will be taken over from within.
    — James Madison
    Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.
    — James Madison
    tags: achieve 
     
    Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.
    — James Madison
    If man is not fit to govern himself, how can he be fit to govern someone else?
    — James Madison
    tags: men 
     
    The purpose of the Constitution is to restrict the majority's ability to harm a minority.
    — James Madison
    We are free today substantially, but the day will come when our Republic will be an impossibility. It will be an impossibility because wealth will be concentrated in the hands of a few. A Republic cannot stand upon bayonets, and when the day comes when the wealth of the nation will be in the hands of a few, then we must rely upon the wisdom of the best elements in the country to readjust the laws of the nations to the changed conditions.
    — James Madison
    tags: law  wisdom  wealth 
     
    The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.
    — James Madison
    tags: future  law  god  america  success 
     
    It is a misfortune incident to republican government, though in a less degree than to other governments, that those who administer it, may forget their obligations to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trust.
    — James Madison
    tags: trust  government 
     
    The civil government ... functions with complete success ... by the total separation of the Church from the State.
    — James Madison
    Our country, if it does justice to itself, will be the workshop of liberty to the civilized world.
    — James Madison
    tags: justice  world  liberty 
     
    Can it be of less consequence that the meaning of a Constitution should be fixed and known, than a meaning of a law should be so?
    — James Madison
    tags: meaning  law  consequence 
     
    I entirely concur in the propriety of resorting to the sense in which the Constitution was accepted and ratified by the nation. In that sense alone it is the legitimate Constitution. And if that is not the guide in expounding it, there may be no security.
    — James Madison
    tags: alone 
     
    The power to declare war, including the power of judging the causes of war, is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature.
    — James Madison
    tags: power  war 
     
    If we resort for a criterion to the different principles on which different forms of government are established, we may define a republic to be, or at least may bestow that name on, a government which derives all its powers directly or indirectly from the great body of the people, and is administered by persons holding their offices during pleasure for a limited period, or during good behavior.
    — James Madison
    History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it's issuance.
    — James Madison
    The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
    — James Madison
    tags: danger 
     
    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 Madison
    tags: war 
     
    The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.
    — James Madison
    tags: people  freedom  right  liberty 
     
    In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
    — James Madison
    The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
    — James Madison
    tags: true  liberty 
     
    To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
    — James Madison
    In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.
    — James Madison
    tags: power  law  government 
     
    If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
    — James Madison
    tags: men  angel  government 
     
    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
    tags: enemies  enemy  war  liberty 
     
    The people can never willfully betray their own interests: But they may possibly be betrayed by the representatives of the people; and the danger will be evidently greater where the whole legislative trust is lodged in the hands of one body of men, than where the concurrence of separate and dissimilar bodies is required in every public act.
    — James Madison
    tags: men  people  trust  body  danger 
     
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