Alexander Hamilton Quotes

Alexander Hamilton Quotes :

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”

“The constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

“A well-adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.”

“I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man.”

“The art of reading is to skip judiciously.”

“There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty that makes human nature rise above itself in acts of bravery and heroism.”

“Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.”

“Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this: when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly.”

“A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one.”

“Power over a man’s subsistence is power over his will.”

“Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct.”

“When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.”

“Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.”

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

“In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.”

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.”

“A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it when acquired.”

“The judiciary…has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength or of the wealth of the society; and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither force nor will, but merely judgment.”

“The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.”

“To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.”

“There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth, and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.”

“The vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.”

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

“It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being.”

“Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred.”

“A well-regulated militia is a proper defense against sudden foreign invasions.”

“We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.”

“The inquiry constantly is what will please, not what will benefit the people.”

“A nation, without a national government, is, in my view, an awful spectacle.”

“The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact.”

“I think the first duty of society is justice.”

“Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for everything. Strut is good for nothing.”

“I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be.”

“You should not have taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent.”

“To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people each individual citizen everywhere enjoying the same national rights, privileges, and protection.”

“The honor of a nation is its life. Deliberately to abandon it is to commit an act of political suicide.”

“It is a just observation that the people commonly intend the Public Good.”

“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.”

“Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.”

“Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.”

“The passions of a revolution are apt to hurry even good men into excesses.”

“The safety of the people shall be the highest law.”

“If we must have an enemy at the head of the government, let it be one whom we can look at without abhorrence.”

“I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.”

“The truth is, in politics as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.”

“Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.”

“A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.”

“Men are reasoning rather than reasonable animals.”

“A garden, you know, is a very usual refuge of a disappointed politician.”

“The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of the consent of the people.”


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