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James Madison Quote: “If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

— James Madison



James Madison Quote: “The purpose of the Constitution is to restrict the majority’s ability to harm a minority.”

The purpose of the Constitution is to restrict the majority’s ability to harm a minority.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.”

Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.”

The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

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

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

— James Madison


James Madison 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.”

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


James Madison Quote: “Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.”

Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “If our nation is ever taken over, it will be taken over from within.”

If our nation is ever taken over, it will be taken over from within.

— James Madison



James Madison Quote: “Resistance to tyranny is service to God.”

Resistance to tyranny is service to God.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance.”

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”

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

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Freedom has more often been lost in small steps by progressive incrementalism, than it has been by catastrophic upheavals such as violence or war.”

Freedom has more often been lost in small steps by progressive incrementalism, than it has been by catastrophic upheavals such as violence or war.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.”

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

— James Madison


James Madison 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.”

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


James Madison Quote: “A government that does not trust it’s law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust.”

A government that does not trust it’s law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms is itself unworthy of trust.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.”

The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The primary function of government is to protect the minority of the opulent from the majority of the poor.”

The primary function of government is to protect the minority of the opulent from the majority of the poor.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.”

Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.

— James Madison



James Madison Quote: “It is of great importance in a republic, not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers; but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part.”

It is of great importance in a republic, not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers; but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Philosophy is common sense with big words.”

Philosophy is common sense with big words.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.”

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


James Madison Quote: “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.”

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


James Madison Quote: “It is vain to say that enlightened statesmen will always be able to adjust their interests. Enlightened men will not always be at the helm.”

It is vain to say that enlightened statesmen will always be able to adjust their interests. Enlightened men will not always be at the helm.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Conscience is the most sacred of all property; other property depending in part on positive law, the exercise of that, being a natural and unalienable right.”

Conscience is the most sacred of all property; other property depending in part on positive law, the exercise of that, being a natural and unalienable right.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Landholders ought to have a share in the government to support these invaluable interests and check the other many. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.”

Landholders ought to have a share in the government to support these invaluable interests and check the other many. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Conscience is the most sacred of all property.”

Conscience is the most sacred of all property.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Torrents of blood have been spilt in the world in vain attempts of the secular arm to extinguish religious discord, by proscribing all differences in religious opinions.”

Torrents of blood have been spilt in the world in vain attempts of the secular arm to extinguish religious discord, by proscribing all differences in religious opinions.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”

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

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “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.”

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


James Madison 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.”

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.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.”

The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The ultimate authority resides in the people, and that if the federal government got too powerful and overstepped its authority, then the people would develop plans of resistance and resort to arms.”

The ultimate authority resides in the people, and that if the federal government got too powerful and overstepped its authority, then the people would develop plans of resistance and resort to arms.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.”

Armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “It is a melancholy reflection that liberty should be equally exposed to danger whether the government have too much power or too little power and that the line which divides these extremes should be so inaccurately defined by experience.”

It is a melancholy reflection that liberty should be equally exposed to danger whether the government have too much power or too little power and that the line which divides these extremes should be so inaccurately defined by experience.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.”

Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.”

The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Bills of attainder, ex-post facto laws and laws impairing the obligation of contracts are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation.”

Bills of attainder, ex-post facto laws and laws impairing the obligation of contracts are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Disarm the people- that is the best and most effective way to enslave them.”

Disarm the people- that is the best and most effective way to enslave them.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Liberty is to faction what air is to fire...”

Liberty is to faction what air is to fire...

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Nothing could be more irrational than to give the people power, and to withhold from them information without which power is abused.”

Nothing could be more irrational than to give the people power, and to withhold from them information without which power is abused.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed.”

The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.”

It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.”

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

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Toleration is not the opposite of intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, the other of granting it.”

Toleration is not the opposite of intolerance, but is the counterfeit of it. Both are despotisms. The one assumes to itself the right of withholding liberty of conscience, the other of granting it.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.”

A universal peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “The express authority of the people alone could give validity to the Constitution.”

The express authority of the people alone could give validity to the Constitution.

— James Madison


James Madison Quote: “Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence, and ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption; all of which facilitate the execution of mischievous projects.”

Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence, and ecclesiastical establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption; all of which facilitate the execution of mischievous projects.

— James Madison

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