James Madison Quotes

Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.

James Madison

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

James Madison

I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater curse than any other.

James Madison

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

James Madison

The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government.''

James Madison

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

James Madison

A standing army is one of the greatest mischiefs that can possibly happen

James Madison

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

James Madison

If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress... Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America

James Madison

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents

James Madison

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home.

James Madison

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

The principles and modes of governments are too important to be disregarded by an inquisitive mind and I think are well worthy a critical examination by all students that have health and leisure

James Madison

The people shall not be restrained from peacefully assembling and consulting for their common good, nor from applying to the legislature by petitions, or remonstrances for redress of their grievances.

James Madison

A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.

James Madison
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