James Madison: Founding Father Quote




James Madison Quote
United States Founding Father

Quote 341 details Share on Google+ - Quote 341 Linked In Share Button - Quote 341 Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks-no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.

James Madison: speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 20, 1788



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