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  • 71.
    The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, p. 79, ed. Clinton Rossiter, New York (1961). The Federalist, No. 10 (November 22, 1787).

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  • 72.
    Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, p. 322, ed. Clinton Rossiter, New York (1961). The Federalist, No. 51 (February 6, 1788).
  • 73.
    What is the structure of government that will best guard against the precipitate counsels and factious combinations for unjust purposes, without a sacrifice of the fundamental principle of republicanism?
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. "Majority Governments" (1833). The Mind of the Founder: Sources of the Political Thought of James Madison, p. 525, ed. Marvin Meyers, Indianapolis (1973).
  • 74.
    Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, p. 342, ed. Clinton Rossiter, New York (1961). The Federalist, No. 55 (February 13, 1788). Referring to the need for small legislative bodies.
  • 75.
    It is due to justice; due to humanity; due to truth; to the sympathies of our nature; in fine, to our character as a people, both abroad and at home, that they should be considered, as much as possible, in the light of human beings, and not as mere property.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Speaking of the slaves in Virginia. The Mind of the Founder: Sources of the Political Thought of James Madison, p. 514, ed. Marvin Meyers, Indianapolis (1973).

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  • 76.
    Nor is any evidence to be found, either in History or Human Nature, that nations are to be bribed out of a spirit of encroachment and aggression, by humiliations which nourish their pride, or by concessions that extend their resources and power.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Petition to the Virginia Assembly, September 1795. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 16, p. 76, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).

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  • 77.
    [Property] embraces everything to which a man may attach value and have a right, and which leaves to everyone else the like advantage.
    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).
  • 78.
    Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to Thomas Jefferson, October 24, 1787. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 10, pp. 213-14, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).

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  • 79.
    America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Speech at Federal Convention, August 13, 1787. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 10, p. 147, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).

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  • 80.
    A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.
    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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