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"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 knowledge gives." -
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Top 5 quotes from James Madison
"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home."
"If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
"You give me a credit to which I have no claim in calling me 'the writer of the Constitution of the United States.' This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands."
Top 5 quotes from Government, Knowledge
"One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing."
"Information is not knowledge."
"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
"There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance."
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
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