"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."James Madison on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."James Madison on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."James Madison on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."James Madison on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."James Madison on Mahatma Gandhi
"A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people."
"To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression."
"A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country."
"Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages."
"Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty."