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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: James Madison (1751–1836)
QUOTATION: The safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim, and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES MADISON, The Federalist, ed. Benjamin F. Wright, no. 43, p. 316 (1961).

These words are inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.
SUBJECTS: Government—purpose of