A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
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Source Notes: Source: JAMES MADISON, letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822.The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 9, p. 103 .These words, using the older spelling Governours, are inscribed to the left of the main entrance, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.
James Madison (March 16, 1751 June 28, 1836) was the fourth (1809 1817) President of the United States. He was co-author, with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, of the Federalist Papers, and is traditionally regarded as the Father of the United States Constitution.