Meaningful & Inspirational Quotes by James Madison

James Madison’s Most Inspirational Quotes

A collection of beautiful and Inspirational Quotes by James Madison, this article we look at James Madison’s most inspiring quotes. Quotes often give context; they can mean different things to different people, here you will find some of the best quotes by James Madison.

If men were angels, no government would be necessary.

James Madison
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.


The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.

James Madison
The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.


I hope this will find you…enjoying the commencement of a new year with every prospect that can make it a happy one.

James Madison

 I hope this will find you…enjoying the commencement of a new year with every prospect that can make it a happy one.


Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

James Madison

 Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.


Procrastination in the beginning and precipitation towards the conclusion is the characteristic of such bodies.

James Madison

 Procrastination in the beginning and precipitation towards the conclusion is the characteristic of such bodies.


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

 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.


The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.

James Madison

 The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.


No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

James Madison

 No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.


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

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


The most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome.

James Madison
 The most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome


Measures should be enacted which, without violating the rights of property, would reduce extreme wealth towards a state of mediocrity, and raise extreme indigence towards a state of comfort.

James Madison

 Measures should be enacted which, without violating the rights of property, would reduce extreme wealth towards a state of mediocrity, and raise extreme indigence towards a state of comfort.


If we advert to the nature of republican government, we shall find that the censorial power is in the people over the government, and not in the government over the people.

James Madison
 If we advert to the nature of republican government, we shall find that the censorial power is in the people over the government, and not in the government over the people.


Americans need not fear the federal government because they enjoy the advantage of being armed, which you possess over the people of almost every other nation.

James Madison
 Americans need not fear the federal government because they enjoy the advantage of being armed, which you possess over the people of almost every other nation.


Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring classes.

James Madison
 Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring classes.


Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.

James Madison
Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.


If our nation is ever taken over, it will be taken over from within.

James Madison

 If our nation is ever taken over, it will be taken over from within.


The purpose of the Constitution is to restrict the majority’s ability to harm a minority.

James Madison

 The purpose of the Constitution is to restrict the majority's ability to harm a minority.


Disarm the people- that is the best and most effective way to enslave them.

James Madison
Disarm the people- that is the best and most effective way to enslave them.


Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.

James Madison

 Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.


If man is not fit to govern himself, how can he be fit to govern someone else?

James Madison
 If man is not fit to govern himself, how can he be fit to govern someone else?


A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution.

James Madison

 A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution.


Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.

James Madison
 Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.


In all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance

James Madison
 In all great changes of established governments, forms ought to give way to substance


A people armed and free, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition and is a bulwark for the nation against foreign invasion and domestic oppression.

James Madison
 A people armed and free, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition and is a bulwark for the nation against foreign invasion and domestic oppression.

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