Author: James Madison - American - President

A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.-James Madison
[ Communication Free His Man Opinions Property Them] [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
[ Acquiring Both Farce Government Information Means Perhaps Popular Prologue Tragedy Without] [James Madison]

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.-James Madison
[ Administer Assemble Citizens Consisting Democracy Government Number Person Pure Small Society] [James Madison]

A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States.-James Madison
[ Co-Operation Happiness Liberty Our Permanent Political Promoting Provide Reconstruction Sincere States Steadfast Such System United Would] [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
[ Arms Best Body Composed Country Defense Free Militia Most Natural Regulated Trained Well] [James Madison]

A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.-James Madison
[ Alone Free Permanently] [James Madison]

All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.-James Madison
[ Certain Degree Having Men Ought Power] [James Madison]

All that seems indispensible in stating the account between the dead and the living, is to see that the debts against the latter do not exceed the advances made by the former.-James Madison
[ Account Advances Against Between Dead Debts Exceed Former Latter Living Made See Seems Stating] [James Madison]

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.-James Madison
[ Ambition Counteract Made Must] [James Madison]

America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.-James Madison
[ Advanced Agriculture America Arts Encouraged Had Her Immigration Indebted Most Part Population Prosperity Rapidly Settlement Them Which] [James Madison]

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.-James Madison
[ Advantage Afraid Americans Armed Arms Being Citizens Countries Governments Other Right Trust Unlike Whose] [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
[ Both Done Doubt Every Example Exist Government Greater Less Mixed New Past Purity Religion Showing Succeed Together Will] [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
[ Amusements Any Apt Classes Fill Good Labouring Leisure Must Reading Species Substitute Too Up Vicious] [James Madison]

As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.-James Madison
[ Equally His Man May Property Right Rights Said] [James Madison]

As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.-James Madison
[ Continues Different Exercise Fallible Formed Liberty Long Man Opinions Reason Will] [James Madison]

By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.-James Madison
[ Cherish Hatred Labor Luxury Other Pride Property Rendering Revolt Servility Side Vanity Vice] [James Madison]

Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic.-James Madison
[ Commercial Generally Oppressive Shackles Unjust] [James Madison]

Despotism can only exist in darkness, and there are too many lights now in the political firmament to permit it to remain anywhere, as it has heretofore done, almost everywhere.-James Madison
[ Almost Anywhere Darkness Despotism Done Everywhere Exist Firmament Heretofore Lights Many Now Only Permit Political Remain Too] [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
[ Background Constitution Distorted End Form Government Historical Illegitimate Only Perverted Separate Text Which Will] [James Madison]

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
[ Bear Burden Carrying Each Expense Generation Generations Instead Made Other Own Should Them Wars] [James Madison]

Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors.-James Madison
[ Affairs Betray Calculate Every Loss May More Nation Neighbors Policy Stability Sustained Systematic Want Which Whose Wisdom Wiser] [James Madison]

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
[ Believe Encroachments Freedom Gradual Instances More Power Silent Sudden Than Those Violent] [James Madison]

I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property.-James Madison
[ Abate Aspect Assumes Classes Doubt Favor Found Freer Government Laws Lower Misery Property Subdivision Whenever Will] [James Madison]

I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment.-James Madison
[ Abolition Capital Entire Fair Full Punishment Regret Should Trial] [James Madison]

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.-James Madison
[ Angels Government Men Necessary Were Would] [James Madison]

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.-James Madison
[ Come Enemy Fighting Foreign Guise Land Oppression Tyranny Will] [James Madison]

If we are to take for the criterion of truth the majority of suffrages, they ought to be gotten from those philosophic and patriotic citizens who cultivate their reason.-James Madison
[ Citizens Criterion Cultivate Gotten Majority Ought Patriotic Philosophic Reason Take Their Those Truth] [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
[ Administered Control Enable First Framing Governed Government Itself Men Must Next Oblige Over Place Which] [James Madison]

In no instance have... the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.-James Madison
[ Been Churches Guardians Instance Liberties] [James Madison]

In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.-James Madison
[ Danger Great Majority May Minority Republics Respect Rights Sufficiently] [James Madison]

It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.-James Madison
[ Abroad Against Charged Danger Home Liberty Loss Pretended Provisions Real Truth Universal] [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
[ Avail Cannot Choice Incoherent Laws Little Made Men Own Read Their Understood Will] [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
[ Arm Forever Gives Govern Governors Ignorance Knowledge Mean Must Own Power Their Themselves Which Will] [James Madison]

Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.-James Madison
[ Against Best Crafty Dangerous Encroachments Every Favorite Free Institutions Learned Liberty Light Mind Objects Ought Over Public Security Throw Which] [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
[ Best Country Easy Journey Long Medicine Mild Pleasant Recommend Season Stages Through World] [James Madison]

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.-James Madison
[ Abuse Also Endangered Liberty May Power] [James Madison]

No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.-James Madison
[ Continual Could Freedom Midst Nation Preserve Warfare] [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
[ Because Comprises Develops Dreaded Enemies Every Germ Liberty Most Other Perhaps Public War] [James Madison]

Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad.-James Madison
[ Abroad Against Charged Danger Home Liberty Loss Perhaps Pretended Provisions Real Truth Universal] [James Madison]

Philosophy is common sense with big words.-James Madison
[ Big Common Philosophy Sense Words] [James Madison]

Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government.-James Madison
[ Aid Flourishes Government Greater Purity Religion Than Without] [James Madison]

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect.-James Madison
[ Bondage Enterprise Every Expanded Mind Noble Prospect Religious Shackles] [James Madison]

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.-James Madison
[ Advancement Diffusion Guardian Knowledge Liberty Only True] [James Madison]

The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science.-James Madison
[ Been Cannot Capacity Doubted Erudition Female Genius Having Highest Illustrated Mind Order Science Studies Sufficiently Works] [James Madison]

The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.-James Madison
[ Better Circulation Confidence Money Than] [James Madison]

The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.-James Madison
[ Citizens Class Food Happy Independent May Most Once Own Provide Their Truly Viewed] [James Madison]

The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.-James Madison
[ Advantage Afraid Almost Americans Armed Arms Being Constitution Every Governments Nation Other Over Possess Preserves Trust Where Which] [James Madison]

The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government.-James Madison
[ Diversity Faculties First Government Insuperable Interests Less Men Object Obstacle Originate Property Protection Rights These Uniformity Which] [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
[ Abuse Essence Ever Government Hands Human Liable Lodged Must Power Will] [James Madison]

The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.-James Madison
[ Any Case Cause Decide Declaring Executive Question Right War Whether] [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
[ Constitution Example Happy Hope Liberty Miracle States Their These Throughout Union Wonder World] [James Madison]

The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself.-James Madison
[ Blessings Effects Internal Itself Liberty Poisons Policy] [James Madison]

The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.-James Madison
[ Abroad Against Charged Danger Home Imagined Liberty Loss Provisions Real] [James Madison]

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.-James Madison
[ Against Become Danger Defense Foreign Historically Home Instruments Means Tyranny] [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
[ Been Church Devotion Increased Industry Manifestly Morality Number Priesthood Separation State Total] [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
[ Branches Charter Constitutional Derived Fountain Government Hold Legitimate Only Power Several Their Them Under Which] [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
[ Acquire Acquired Gives Natural Personal Property Protection Right Social Which] [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
[ Blood Ceaseless Centuries Church Europe Forever Keep Purpose Separation Shores Soaked Soil State Strife These] [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 Instituted Objects Persons Property Protection Rights Which] [James Madison]

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.-James Madison
[ Having Men Ought Power Truth] [James Madison]

There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong.-James Madison
[ Current Interest Liable Majority Maxim More Needs Opinion Political Right Standard Than Therefore Which Wrong] [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
[ Any Chimerical Form Government Happiness Idea Liberty Secure Suppose Virtue Will Without] [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
[ Abuses Alone Been Error Gained Humanity Indebted Oppression Over Press Reason Triumphs Which World] [James Madison]

Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence.-James Madison
[ Begets Confidence Religious Sentiments Surprising Union] [James Madison]

War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason.-James Madison
[ Contains Folly Hoped Much Progress Reason War Well Wickedness] [James Madison]

War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.-James Madison
[ Authority Burdens Declared Fruits Government Instead Only Reap Should Support Toils Treasures War Which Whose] [James Madison]

We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.-James Madison
[ Alarm Experiment First Liberties Our Right Take Upon] [James Madison]

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.-James Madison
[ Angels Controls External Govern Government Greatest Human Internal Itself Men Nature Necessary Neither Nor Reflections Were Would] [James Madison]

What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?-James Madison
[ Any Before Branch Commerce Executed Fortunes Hazard His Knows May Merchant New Plans Prudent Rendered Unlawful Will] [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
[ Each Leaning Learning Liberty More Mutual Other Spectacle Support Surest Than Their] [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
[ Afford Ascertained Cannot Carried Education Expense Forward His Parents Possess Public Should Talents Whenever Which Youth] [James Madison]

Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.-James Madison
[ Duly Excess Faculties His Man Opinions Person Possessions Power Prevails Property Respected Safe Sort Where] [James Madison]

Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.-James Madison
[ Done Generally Interest Power Wherever Will Wrong] [James Madison]