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JAMES MADISON
American 4th president of U.S.
(1751 - 1809)

A standing army is one of the greatest mischiefs that can possibly happen.
      - [Army]

A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.
      - [Education]

Another of my wishes is to depend as little as possible on the labor of slaves.
      - [Slavery]

As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.
      - [Property]

Government destitute of energy, will ever produce anarchy.
      - [Government]

Measures should be enacted which, without violating the rights of property, would reduce extreme wealth towards a state of mediocrity, and raise extreme indigence towards a state of comfort.
      - [Law]

No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable.
      - [Government]

No man can be a competent legislator who does not add to an upright intention and a sound judgment a certain degree of knowledge of the subject on which he is to legislate.
      - [Legislation]

Of all the evils to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the genius of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debt and taxes. And armies and debts and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the dominion of the few.
      - [War]

Our opinions agree as to the evil, moral, political, and economical, of slavery.
      - [Slavery]

Precedents once established are so much positive power.
      - [Precedent]

Public opinion sets bounds to every government, and is the real sovereign in every free one.
      - [Public Opinion]

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect.
      - [Religion]

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
      - [Tyranny]

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
      - [Knowledge]

The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the union of the states be cherished and perpetuated. Let the open enemy to it be regarded as a Pandora with her box opened, and the disguised one as the serpent creeping with his deadly wiles into paradise.
      - [Union]

The nation which reposes on the pillow of political confidence, will sooner or later end its political existence in a deadly lethargy.
      - [Politics]

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.
      - in Boston, 1819 [Freedom of Religion]

The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed.
      - [Government]

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.
      - [Newspapers]

Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence.
      - [Religion]

Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an ailment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.
      - The Federalist (no. 10) [Liberty]

The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to a uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. From the protection of different and unequal faculties of acquiring property, the possession of different degrees and kinds of property immediately results.
      - The Federalist (no. 10) [Diversity]

In all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance.
      - The Federalist (no. 40) [Government]


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