James Madison

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James Madison, Jr. (March 16 [O.S. March 5] 1751 – June 28, 1836) was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States (1809–17). He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Madison inherited his plantation Montpelier in Virginia and owned hundreds of slaves during his lifetime. He served as both a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and as a member of the Continental Congress prior to the Constitutional Convention. After the Convention, he became one of the leaders in the movement to ratify the Constitution, both nationally and in Virginia. His collaboration with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay produced The Federalist Papers, among the most important treatises in support of the Constitution. Madison changed his political views during... More

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James Madison #Alone

Photo of James Madison A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.
James Madison #Best

Photo of 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 #Communication

Photo of James Madison A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.
James Madison #Education

Photo of James Madison 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 #Freedom

Photo of James Madison No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
James Madison #Government #Men

Photo of James Madison If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison #Government

Photo of James Madison 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 Madison #Government #Religion

Photo of James Madison 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 Madison #Government

Photo of James Madison 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 Madison #Government #Power

Photo of 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 #Government #Power

Photo of James Madison The essence of Government is power and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
James Madison #Government #Happiness

Photo of James Madison To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
James Madison #Government

Photo of James Madison The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
James Madison #Government #Religion

Photo of James Madison Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.
James Madison #Great #Respect

Photo of James Madison In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
James Madison #Home

Photo of James Madison The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.
James Madison #Home

Photo of James Madison The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.
James Madison #Hope

Photo of James Madison The happy Union of these States is a wonder their Constitution a miracle their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.
James Madison #Knowledge

Photo of James Madison The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
James Madison #Learning

Photo of James Madison 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 #Men #Power

Photo of James Madison All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.
James Madison #Money

Photo of James Madison The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.
James Madison #Alone

Photo of James Madison 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 #Power

Photo of James Madison Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
James Madison #Power

Photo of James Madison Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.