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James Madison

Brief Bio: American statesman, diplomat, expansionist, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the fourth president of the United States

Lived: 1751-1836

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“Frivolous and fanciful distinctions”

So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distrinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts.

From the paper “The Federalist no. 10”

— 1787

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