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Quotations by James Madison
James MadisonReligion and government - Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.

A popular Government without popular information - A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

The essence of Government is power - The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.

All men having power. . . - The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.

Influence of ecclesiastical establishments - What influence in fact have ecclesiastical establishments had on Civil Society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the Civil authority; in many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny: in no instance have they been seen the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty, may have found an established Clergy convenient auxiliaries.