Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
James Madison (17511836)
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 & dangerous encroachments on the public liberty.
JAMES MADISON, letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822.The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 9, p. 105 (1910).
These words are inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.