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Quote: Liberty is to faction what air is to fire. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

Liberty is to faction what air is to fire.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Liberty is to faction, what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be a 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.


Quote: The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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


Quote: Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.






Quote: Where a majority are united by a common sentiment, and have an opportunity, the rights of the minor party become insecure. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

Where a majority are united by a common sentiment, and have an opportunity, the rights of the minor party become insecure.


Quote: The necessity of a senate is not less indicated by the propensity of all single and numerous assemblies, to yield to the impulse of sudden and violent passions, and to be seduced by factious leaders, into intemperate and pernicious resolutions. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

The necessity of a senate is not less indicated by the propensity of all single and numerous assemblies, to yield to the impulse of sudden and violent passions, and to be seduced by factious leaders, into intemperate and pernicious resolutions.


Quote: Another advantage accruing from this ingredient in the constitution of a senate, is the additional impediment it must prove against improper acts of legislation. No law or resolution can now be passed without the concurrence first of a majority of the people, and then of a majority of the states. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of James Madison quote: Another advantage accruing from this ingredient in the constitution of a senate, is the additional impediment it must prove against improper acts of legislation. No law or resolution can now be passed without the concurrence first of a majority of the people, and then of a majority of the states.- black text on quotes background

Another advantage accruing from this ingredient in the constitution of a senate, is the additional impediment it must prove against improper acts of legislation. No law or resolution can now be passed without the concurrence first of a majority of the people, and then of a majority of the states.


Quote: If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one.




Quote: The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace.


Quote: A victorious and powerful ally is but another name for a master. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

A victorious and powerful ally is but another name for a master.


Quote: Happily for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

Happily for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society.


Quote: I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.


Quote: A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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


Quote: The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the state governments, in times of peace and security. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

The operations of the federal government will be most extensive and important in times of war and danger; those of the state governments, in times of peace and security.


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.


Quote: Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.


Quote: Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.... During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What have been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution.


Quote: The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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


Quote: All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: 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? by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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?


Quote: The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.


Quote: A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.


Quote: A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.


Quote: In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations.


Quote: Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.


Quote: As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other, and the former will be objects to which the latter attach themselves.


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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.


Quote: 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? by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

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?


Quote: The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world. by author James Madison overlaid on photo of photo of author James Madison with quote

The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.


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