James Madison Quotes

Most popular James Madison Quotes

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

government

Religion & Govt. will both exist in greater purity, they less they are mixed together.
— James Madison

religion and politics

The essence of government is power, and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
— James Madison

power government

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
— James Madison

freedom

The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.

tyranny

A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points...have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good.

zeal