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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:739
AUTHOR:James Madison (1751–1836)
QUOTATION:If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
ATTRIBUTION:JAMES MADISON, The Federalist, ed. Benjamin F. Wright, no. 51, p. 356 (1961).
SUBJECTS:Government
 
 
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