James Madison Quotes

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison

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

Philosophy is common sense with big words. James Madison

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

It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. James Madison

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

Government destitute of energy, will ever produce anarchy. James Madison

The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust. James Madison

I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment. James Madison

The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right. James Madison

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

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