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AUTHOR: James Madison (1751–1836)
QUOTATION: The danger of disturbing the public tranquillity by interesting too strongly the public passions, is a still more serious objection against a frequent reference of constitutional questions to the decision of the whole society.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES MADISON, The Federalist, ed. Benjamin F. Wright, no. 49, p. 349 (1961).
SUBJECTS: Constitution of the United States