Alexander Hamilton Quotes

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Alexander Hamilton was a writer, politician, statesman, military commander, lawyer, banker, and economist who is mostly known for pushing the United States Congress to pass the bill that created the nation’s first central banking system in 1791. He is also famous for being one of the founding fathers of the United States of America who among them were other great leaders like Benjamin FranklinThomas JeffersonJohn AdamsJames MadisonJames Monroe and George Washington.

Hamilton never served as the president of the United States but he contributed greatly to the development of what is now the modern day United States. For example, Alexander Hamilton co-wrote The Federalist Papers which was very instrumental in the ratification of the US constitution.

Here are some famous Alexander Hamilton quotes about the constitution, tyranny, government, freedom, liberty, democracy and federalism:

Famous Alexander Hamilton Quotes

Famous Alexander Hamilton Quotes

1. Learn to think continentally. -Alexander Hamilton

2. A promise must never be broken. -Alexander Hamilton

3. The art of reading is to skip judiciously. -Alexander Hamilton

4. Men are reasoning rather than reasonable animals. -Alexander Hamilton

5. I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be. -Alexander Hamilton

6. When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation. -Alexander Hamilton

7. Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for every thing. Strut is good for nothing. -Alexander Hamilton

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

9. Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many. -Alexander Hamilton

10. Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.

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11. The honor of a nation is its life. -Alexander Hamilton

12. I never expect a perfect work from an imperfect man. -Alexander Hamilton

13. Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing. -Alexander Hamilton

14. Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty. -Alexander Hamilton

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

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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

21. 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. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought. -Alexander Hamilton

Funny Alexander Hamilton Chair Quote To Thomas Jefferson

Funny Alexander Hamilton Chair Quote To Thomas Jefferson

22. There are approximately 1,010,300 words in the English language, but I could never string enough words together to properly express how much I want to hit you with a chair. (Alexander Hamilton, to Thomas Jefferson)

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Alexander Hamilton Quotes About The Constitution

Alexander Hamilton Quotes About The Constitution

23. I think the first duty of society is justice. -Alexander Hamilton

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

25. A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government. -Alexander Hamilton

26. The powers contained in a constitution…ought to be construed liberally in advancement of the public good. -Alexander Hamilton

27. 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.

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28. The constitution shall never be construed…to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. -Alexander Hamilton

29. For my part, I sincerely esteem the Constitution, a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests. -Alexander Hamilton

30. The present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes – rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments. -Alexander Hamilton

31. While the constitution continues to be read, and its principles known, the states, must, by every rational man, be considered as essential component parts of the union; and therefore the idea of sacrificing the former to the latter is totally inadmissible. -Alexander Hamilton

32. If it were to be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws – the first growing out of the last . . . . A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government. -Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton Quotes On Tyranny

Alexander Hamilton Quotes On Tyranny

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

34. The practice of arbitrary imprisonments have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny. -Alexander Hamilton

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

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36. Tyranny has perhaps oftener grown out of the assumptions of power, called for, on pressing exigencies, by a defective constitution, than out of the full exercise of the largest constitutional authorities. -Alexander Hamilton

37. Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants. -Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton Quotes About Government

Alexander Hamilton Quotes About Government

38. Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty. -Alexander Hamilton

39. Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government. -Alexander Hamilton

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

41. If we must have an enemy at the head of government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible. -Alexander Hamilton

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

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43. 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

44. 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

45. 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

46. The truth unquestionably is, that the only path to a subversion of the republican system of the Country is, by flattering the prejudices of the people, and exciting their jealousies and apprehensions, to throw affairs into confusion, and bring on civil commotion. -Alexander Hamilton

47. The republican principle demands that the deliberate sense of the community should govern the conduct of those to whom they intrust the management of their affairs; but it does not require an unqualified complaisance to every sudden breeze of passion or to every transient impulse which the people may receive from the arts of men, who flatter their prejudices to betray their interests. -Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton Quotes About Freedom And Liberty

Alexander Hamilton Quotes About Freedom And Liberty

48. Power over a man’s subsistence is power over his will. -Alexander Hamilton

49. The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. -Alexander Hamilton

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

51. 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 Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.

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

53. Who talks most about freedom and equality? Is it not those who hold the bill of rights in one hand and a whip for affrighted slaves in the other? -Alexander Hamilton

54. 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

Alexander Hamilton Quotes About Democracy

Alexander Hamilton Quotes About Democracy

55. If we incline too much to democracy, we shall soon shoot into a monarchy. -Alexander Hamilton

56. Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives. -Alexander Hamilton

57. It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government. Experience has proved that no position is more false than this. The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government. Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity.

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58. We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. -Alexander Hamilton

59. That instability is inherent in the nature of popular governments, I think very disputable … A representative democracy, where the right of election is well secured and regulated & the exercise of the legislature, executive, and judiciary authorities, is vested in select persons, chosen really and not nominally by the people, will in my opinion be most likely to be happy, regular and durable. -Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton: The Federalist Papers Quotes

Alexander Hamilton: The Federalist Papers Quotes

60. A powerful, victorious ally is yet another name for master. -Alexander Hamilton

61. The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed. -Alexander Hamilton

62. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. -Alexander Hamilton

63. It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country to decide, by their conduct and example, the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force. -Alexander Hamilton

64. 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. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.

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65. For 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

66. A dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people, than under the forbidding appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of Government. -Alexander Hamilton

67. Have we not already seen enough of the fallacy and extravagance of those idle theories which have amused us with promises of an exemption from the imperfections, weaknesses and evils incident to society in every shape? -Alexander Hamilton

68. By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community. -Alexander Hamilton

69. When occasions present themselves in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests to withstand the temporary delusion in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection. Instances might be cited in which a conduct of this kind has saved the people from very fatal consequences of their own mistakes, and has procured lasting monuments of their gratitude to the men who had courage and magnanimity enough to serve them at the peril of their displeasure. -Alexander Hamilton

70. On the other hand, it will be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty; that, in the contemplation of a sound and well-informed judgment, their interest can never be separated; and that a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government. History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants. -Alexander Hamilton