Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.




Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation.

Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. --James Madison

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

Year: 1788
Context: Speech at the Virginia Ratifying Convention
Tags: community, confidence, government, happiness, intelligence, liberty, people, rulers, secure, virtue



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