James Madison

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.

A certain degree of preparation for war . . . affords also the best security for the continuance of peace.

No government any more than an individual will long be respected without being truly respectable.

There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

It is vain to say that enlightened statesmen will always be able to adjust their interests. Enlightened men will not always be at the helm.

Respect for character is always diminished in proportion to the number among whom the blame or praise is to be divided.

The President is responsible to the public for the conduct of the person he has nominated and appointed.


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