Quotations From JAMES MADISON

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  • 81.
    [Christianity] existed and flourishes, not only without the support of human laws, but in spite of every opposition from them.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. "Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessment" (1785). W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 8, p. 301, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • 82.
    No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Political observations, April 20, 1775. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 15, p. 518, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).

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  • 83.
    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.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. "Property" (March 29, 1792). W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 14, p. 266, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).

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  • 84.
    Procrastination in the beginning and precipitation towards the conclusion is the characteristic of such bodies.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to N.P. Trist, October 31, 1829. Trist Papers, Library of Congress. Referring to legislative bodies.
  • 85.
    As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, p. 78, ed. Clinton Rossiter, New York (1961). The Federalist, No. 10 (November 22, 1787).
  • 86.
    [The public has] the habit now of invalidating opinions emanating from me by reference to my age and infirmities.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to Edward Coles, August 29, 1834. The Writings of James Madison, vol. 9, p. 542, ed. Gaillard Hunt, New York (1900-1910). Written at age 84.
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