Alexander Hamilton Quotes

 

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

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

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

A promise must never be broken.

— Alexander Hamilton

Learn to think continentally.

— Alexander Hamilton

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.

— Alexander Hamilton

Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates.

— Alexander Hamilton

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.

— Alexander Hamilton

It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.

— Alexander Hamilton

Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity, it must be respectable – even to observe neutrality, you must have a strong government.

— Alexander Hamilton

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

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. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

— Alexander Hamilton

I think the first duty of society is justice.

— Alexander Hamilton

Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.

— Alexander Hamilton

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.

— Alexander Hamilton

The honor of a nation is its life.

— Alexander Hamilton

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.

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

It is the advertiser who provides the paper for the subscriber. It is not to be disputed, that the publisher of a newspaper in this country, without a very exhaustive advertising support, would receive less reward for his labor than the humblest mechanic.

— Alexander Hamilton

The inquiry constantly is what will please, not what will benefit the people. In such a government there can be nothing but temporary expedient, fickleness, and folly.

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

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.

— Alexander Hamilton

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.

— Alexander Hamilton

In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources.

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

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