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James Madison

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.
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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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The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
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We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
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What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed?
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The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.
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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.
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Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
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US President, lived 1751-1836

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