Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was an American statesman and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was an influential interpreter and promoter of the U.S. Constitution, as well as the founder of the nation's financial system, the Federalist Party, the United States Coast Guard, and The New York Post newspaper. 

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

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

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

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.

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

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

In the main it will be found that a power over a man's support (salary) is a power over his will.

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.

Learn to think continentally.

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

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

Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.

I think the first duty of society is justice.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

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.

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

A promise must never be broken.

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