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  • ''The political truths declared in that solemn manner acquire by degrees the character of fundamental maxims of free Government, and as they become incorporated with national sentiment, counteract the impulses of interest and passion.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to Jefferson, October 17, 1788. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 11, p. 298, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991). Reasons for having a Bill of Rights.
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  • ''A universal and perpetual peace, it is to be feared, is in the catalogue of events which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. "Universal Peace" (January 31, 1792). W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 14, p. 207, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''I cannot think of punishing him ... merely for coveting that liberty for which we have paid the price of so much blood, and have proclaimed so often to be the right, and worthy pursuit of every human being.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to his father, September 8, 1783. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 7, p. 304, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''Union of Religious Sentiments begets a surprising confidence and Ecclesiastical Establishments tend to great ignorance and corruption, all of which facilitate the Execution of Mischievous Projects.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to William Bradford, January 24, 1794. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 1, p. 106, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''[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).
  • ''A certain degree of miserey [sic] seems inseparable from a high degree of populousness.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Madison to Jefferson, June 19, 1786. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 9, p. 76, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''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).
  • ''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 (1751-1836), U.S. president. First draft of what became the First Amendment, June 8, 1789. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 12, p. 201, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''War ... should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.''
    James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. "Universal Peace" (January 31, 1792). W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 14, p. 207, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
  • ''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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