Alexander Hamilton
Quotations


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

A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.

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

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

A powerful, victorious ally is yet another name for master.

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

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

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

Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.

Great ambition, unchecked by principle or the love or glory, is an unruly tyrant.

I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.

If mankind were to resolve to agree in no institution of government, until every part of it had been adjusted to the most exact standard of perfection, society would soon become a general scene of anarchy, and the world a desert.

In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.

In the general course of human nature, a power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.

It is a maxim deeply engrafted in that dark system, that no character, however upright, is a match for constantly reiterated attacks, however false.

Learn to think continentally.

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

No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave.

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

Subjecting of men to punishment for things which, when they were done, were breaches of no law, and the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.

The art of reading is to skip judiciously.

The injury which may possibly be done by defeating a few good laws will be amply compensated by the advantage of preventing a number of bad ones.

The loss of liberty to a generous mind is worse than death.

The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.

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

The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded.

The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.

The strongest passions, and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venial love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace.

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.

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.

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.

Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.

We suppose mankind more honest than they are.



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