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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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.

We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.

Of all the enemies of public liberty war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.

The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.

A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both.

Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey at a mild season through a pleasant country in easy stages.

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

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.

I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property.

Commercial shackles are generally unjust oppressive and impolitic.

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.

Philosophy is common sense with big words.

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.

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