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James Madison
Rebel - Founding Father - 4th President • USA • 1751 - 1836

James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751 - June 28, 1836) was an American statesman and political theorist, the fourth President of the United States (1809-1817). He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution and as the key champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights. He served as a politician much of his adult life. Like other Virginia statesmen in the slave society, he was a slaveholder and part of the elite; he inherited his plantation known as Montpelier, and owned hundreds of slaves during his lifetime to cultivate tobacco and other crops. Additonal Reading

Liberty Quotes by: James Madison

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• Do not separate text from historical background. If you do you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution. • comment

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

• It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people. • comment

• 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. • comment

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

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

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

• Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. • comment

• 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. • comment

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

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

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

• 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. • comment

• 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. • comment

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

• To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. • comment

• 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. • comment

• The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself. • comment

• 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? • comment

• If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare... they may appoint teachers in every state... The powers of Congress would subvert the very foundation, the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America. • comment

• With respect to the words general welfare, I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators. • comment


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