Heather C asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Who said this: "If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men… [no]

controls on government would be necessary."

Thomas Jefferson

Patrick Henry

Benjamin Franklin

James Madison

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    James Madison

    "It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."

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