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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: James Madison (1751–1836)
QUOTATION: The free system of government we have established is so congenial with reason, with common sense, and with a universal feeling, that it must produce approbation and a desire of imitation, as avenues may be found for truth to the knowledge of nations.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES MADISON, letter to Pierre E. Duponceau, January 23, 1826.—James Madison papers, Library of Congress.

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