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James Madison (1751 - 1836)
4th president of US [more author details]
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I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
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James Madison
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
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The essence of government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
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James Madison, Speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, Richmond, Virginia, December 2, 1829
Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people, by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.
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James Madison, Speech in the Virginia Convention, June 6, 1788
If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
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James Madison, The Federalist Papers, 1788

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