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James Madison Quotes (Author of The Constitution of the United States with the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation)

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James Madison: Founding Father Quote

Selected Quotes of James Madison. A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.

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I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations. Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. 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. A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes have been interesting to the human passions, have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good. So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts.

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