If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
Quote by James Madison
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A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.
The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted.
It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.
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 Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad.
The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.
Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help.
There are two tragedies in life. One is to lose your heart's desire. The other is to gain it.
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.
I can't really change my life to accommodate people who are jealous. I don't see why I should.
The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.
Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.