Quotation by James Madison

I go by the great republican principle, that the people will have the virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom [to the offices of government].
James Madison (1751–1836), U.S. president. Speech at the Virginia Convention, June 20, 1788. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 11, p. 163, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).
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