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"The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home." -
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Top 5 quotes from James Madison
"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."
"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."
Top 5 quotes from Politics
"I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the Presidency."
"The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself."
"Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary."
"The Vice Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate. Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does."
"Politics has got so expensive that it takes lots of money to even get beat with."