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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1854
AUTHOR: James Madison (1751–1836)
QUOTATION: The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES MADISON, “Outline” notes, September 1829.—The Writings of James Madison, ed. Gaillard Hunt, vol. 9, p. 357 (1910).

These words are inscribed in the Madison Memorial Hall, Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.