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James Madison

Author: James Madison Country: United States
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"Well aware as I am, that public bodies are liable to be assailed by visionary projectors, I nevertheless wish to ascertain the probability of the magnetic theory. If there is any considerable probability that the projected voyage would be successful, or throw, any valuable , light on the discovery of longitude, it certainly comports with the honor and dignity of government to give it their countenance and support. Gentlemen will recollect, that some of the most important discoveries, both in arts and sciences, have come forward under very unpromising and suspicious appearances."

Source: A speech to Congress, April 20, 1789
Topic: Arts Quotes
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"In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example and France has followed it, of charters of power granted by liberty, This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness."

Source: Essay in the 'National Gazette,' January 18, 1792
Topic: Bill of Rights Quotes
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"I own myself the friend to a very free system of commerce, and hold it as a truth, that commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive and impolitic-it is also a truth, that if industry and labour are left to take their own course, they will generally be directed to those objects which are the most productive, and this in a more certain and direct manner than the wisdom of the most enlightened legislature could point out."

Source: A speech to Congress, April 9, 1789
Topic: Business Quotes
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"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State."

Source: The Federalist Papers: Federalist #45 'The Alleged Danger From the Powers of the Union to the State Governments Considered' Independent Journal (newspaper) January 26, 1788
Topic: Constitution Quotes
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"The constitution supposes, what the History of all Govts. demonstrates, that the Ex. is the branch of power most interested in war, & most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care, vested the question of war in the Legisl: But the Doctrines lately advanced strike at the root of all these provisions, and will deposit the peace of the Country in that Department which the Constitution distrusts as most ready without cause to renounce it."

Source: A letter written to Thomas Jefferson, April 2, 1798, regarding President John Adams' authority during the Quasi-War with France (quote written as original with abbreviations).
Topic: Constitution Quotes
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