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Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

— Alexander Hamilton



Alexander Hamilton Quote: “People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work.”

People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The loss of liberty to a generous mind is worse than death.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Learn to think continentally.”

Learn to think continentally.

— Alexander Hamilton


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

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Ambition without principle never was long under the guidance of good sense.”

Ambition without principle never was long under the guidance of good sense.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The art of reading is to skip judiciously.”

The art of reading is to skip judiciously.

— Alexander Hamilton


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

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

— Alexander Hamilton



Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Divide et impera must be the motto of every nation that either hates or fears us.”

Divide et impera must be the motto of every nation that either hates or fears us.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “A promise must never be broken.”

A promise must never be broken.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Our countrymen have all the folly of the ass and all the passiveness of the sheep.”

Our countrymen have all the folly of the ass and all the passiveness of the sheep.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


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

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”

The people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.

— Alexander Hamilton


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

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Effective resistance to usurpers is possible only provided the citizens understand their rights and are disposed to defend them.”

Effective resistance to usurpers is possible only provided the citizens understand their rights and are disposed to defend them.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Man is either governed by his own laws – freedom – or the laws of another – slavery. Are you willing to become slaves? Will you give up your freedom, your life and your property without a single struggle? No man has a right to rule over his fellow creatures.”

Man is either governed by his own laws – freedom – or the laws of another – slavery. Are you willing to become slaves? Will you give up your freedom, your life and your property without a single struggle? No man has a right to rule over his fellow creatures.

— Alexander Hamilton



Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.”

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


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The deliberative sense of the community should govern.”

The deliberative sense of the community should govern.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for every thing. Strut is good for nothing.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The Liberty of the press consists in the right to publish with impunity truth with good motives for justifiable ends, though reflecting on government, magistracy, or individuals.”

The Liberty of the press consists in the right to publish with impunity truth with good motives for justifiable ends, though reflecting on government, magistracy, or individuals.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “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.”

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


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

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Government is frequently and aptly classed under two descriptions-a government of force, and a government of laws; the first is the definition of despotism-the last, of liberty.”

Government is frequently and aptly classed under two descriptions-a government of force, and a government of laws; the first is the definition of despotism-the last, of liberty.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Laws are a dead letter without courts to expound and define their true meaning and operation.”

Laws are a dead letter without courts to expound and define their true meaning and operation.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “It is the Press which has corrupted our political morals – and it is to the Press we must look for the means of our political regeneration.”

It is the Press which has corrupted our political morals – and it is to the Press we must look for the means of our political regeneration.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “A national debt if it is not excessive will be to us a national blessing; it will be powerfull cement of our union. It will also create a necessity for keeping up taxation to a degree which without being oppressive, will be a spur to industry;.”

A national debt if it is not excessive will be to us a national blessing; it will be powerfull cement of our union. It will also create a necessity for keeping up taxation to a degree which without being oppressive, will be a spur to industry;.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “We are attempting, by this Constitution, to abolish factions, and to unite all parties for the general welfare.”

We are attempting, by this Constitution, to abolish factions, and to unite all parties for the general welfare.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Can any reasonable man be well disposed toward a government which makes war and carnage the only means of supporting itself?”

Can any reasonable man be well disposed toward a government which makes war and carnage the only means of supporting itself?

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.”

What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Americans rouse – be unanimous, be virtuous, be firm, exert your courage, trust in Heaven, and nobly defy the enemies both of God and man!”

Americans rouse – be unanimous, be virtuous, be firm, exert your courage, trust in Heaven, and nobly defy the enemies both of God and man!

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “No person that has enjoyed the sweets of liberty can be insensible of its infinite value, or can reflect on its reverse without horror and detestation.”

No person that has enjoyed the sweets of liberty can be insensible of its infinite value, or can reflect on its reverse without horror and detestation.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state.”

Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge right or make good decision.”

The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge right or make good decision.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties.”

Nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “A powerful, victorious ally is yet another name for master.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The love for our native land strengthens our individual and national character.”

The love for our native land strengthens our individual and national character.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The citizens of America have too much discernment to be argued into anarchy. And I am much mistaken, if experience has not wrought a deep and solemn conviction in the public mind, that greater energy of government is essential to the welfare and prosperity of the community.”

The citizens of America have too much discernment to be argued into anarchy. And I am much mistaken, if experience has not wrought a deep and solemn conviction in the public mind, that greater energy of government is essential to the welfare and prosperity of the community.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society. It is not a thing, in its own nature, precarious and dependent on human will and caprice; but it is conformable to the constitution of man, as well as necessary to the well-being of society.”

Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society. It is not a thing, in its own nature, precarious and dependent on human will and caprice; but it is conformable to the constitution of man, as well as necessary to the well-being of society.

— Alexander Hamilton


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

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

— Alexander Hamilton


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

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


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.”

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

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The civil jury is a valuable safeguard to liberty.”

The civil jury is a valuable safeguard to liberty.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The increasing remoteness of consanguinity is everyday diminishing the force of the family compact between France and Spain. And politicians have ever with great reason considered the ties of blood as feeble and precarious links of political connection.”

The increasing remoteness of consanguinity is everyday diminishing the force of the family compact between France and Spain. And politicians have ever with great reason considered the ties of blood as feeble and precarious links of political connection.

— Alexander Hamilton


Alexander Hamilton Quote: “I would die to preserve the law upon a solid foundation; but take away liberty, and the foundation is destroyed.”

I would die to preserve the law upon a solid foundation; but take away liberty, and the foundation is destroyed.

— Alexander Hamilton

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