James Madison

James Madison

James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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

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

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.

Religion flourishes in greater purity without than with the aid of Government.

The executive has no right in any case to decide the question whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.

Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence.

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

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

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

War contains so much folly as well as wickedness that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

As a man is said to have a right to his property he may be equally said to have a property in his rights.

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.

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

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.

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

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