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Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Best of wives and best of women.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “I will venture to assert that no combination of designing men under heaven will be capable of making a government unpopular which is in its principles a wise and good one, and vigorous in its operations.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “A habit of labor in the people is as essential to the health and rigor of their minds and bodies as it is conducive to the welfare of the state.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “An enlightened zeal for the energy and efficiency of government will be stigmatized, as the offspring of a temper fond of despotic power, and hostile to the principles of liberty.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “To attempt to enumerate the complicated variety of mischiefs in the whole system of the social economy, which proceed from a neglect of the maxims that uphold public credit, and justify the solicitude manifested by the House on this point, would be an improper intrusion on their time and patience.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “And as the vicissitudes of Nations beget a perpetual tendency to the accumulation of debt, there ought to be in every government a perpetual, anxious, and unceasing effort to reduce that, which at any times exists, as fast as shall be practicable consistently with integrity and good faith.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Every individual of the community at large has an equal right to the protection of government.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “By a steady adherence to the Union we may hope, erelong, to become the arbiter of Europe in America, and to be able to incline the balance of European competitions in this part of the world as our interest may dictate.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Happy will it be if our choice should be directed by a judicious estimate of our true interests, unperplexed and unbiased by considerations not connected with the public good. But this is a thing more ardently to be wished than seriously to be expected.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The pains taken to preserve peace include a proportional responsibility that equal pains be taken to be prepared for war.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The practice of arbitrary imprisonments have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “But as the plan of the convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, EXCLUSIVELY delegated to the United States.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “I trust that the proposed Constitution afford a genuine specimen of representative government and republican government; and that it will answer, in an eminent degree, all the beneficial purposes of society.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “It is in vain to hope to guard against events too mighty for human foresight or precaution, and it would be idle to object to a government because it could not perform impossibilities.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “When avarice takes the lead in a state, it is commonly the forerunner of its fall.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “States, like individuals, who observe their engagements, are respected and trusted: while the reverse is the fate of those who pursue an opposite conduct.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “There can be no time, no state of things, in which Credit is not essential to a Nation...”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “When men, engaged in unjustifiable pursuits, are aware that obstructions may come from a quarter which bare apprehension of opposition from doing what they would with eagerness rush into if no such external impediments were to be feared.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “It is very extraordinary, if the head of the money department of a country, being unprincipled enough to sacrifice his trust and his integrity, could not have contrived objects of profit sufficiently large to have engaged the co-operation of men of far greater importance than Reynolds, and with whom there could have been due safety, and should have been driven to the necessity of unkennelling such a reptile to be the instrument of his cupidity.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “It is evident from the state of the country, from the habits of the people, from the experience we have had on the point itself, that it is impracticable to raise any very considerable sums by direct taxation.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “A treaty cannot be made which alters the Constitution of the country, or which infringes and express exceptions to the power of the Constitution.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “There may be in every government a few choice spirits, who may act from more worthy motives. One great error is that we suppose mankind more honest than they are. Our prevailing passions are ambition and interest...”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Would they not fear that citizens not less tenacious than conscious of their rights would flock from the remotest extremes of their respective states to the places of election, to overthrow their tyrants, and to substitute men who would be disposed to avenge the violated majesty of the people?”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The inhabitants of territories, often the theatre of war, are unavoidably subject to frequent infringements on their rights, which serve to weaken their sense of those rights; and by degrees, the people are brought to consider the soldiery not only as their protectors but as their superiors.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity you must be respectable; even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “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 Quote: “Some reasonable term ought to be allowed to enable aliens to get rid of foreign and acquire American attachments; to learn the principles and imbibe the spirit of our government; and to admit of a probability at least, of their feeling a real interest in our affairs.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The laws of Congress are restricted to a certain sphere, and when they depart from this sphere, they are no longer supreme or binding.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “There is a contagion in example which few men have sufficient force of mind to resist.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “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 Quote: “The true principle of government is this – make the system compleat in its structure; give a perfect proportion and balance to its parts; and the powers you give it will never affect your security.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “It is of the nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legislative authority.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The treaties of the United States, to have any force at all, must be considered as part of the law of the land.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Among the most formidable of the obstacles which the new Constitution will have to encounter may readily be distinguished the obvious interest of a certain class of men in every State to resist all changes which may hazard a diminution of the power, emolument, and consequence of the offices they hold under the State establishments;.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Happy will it be for ourselves, and most honorable for human nature, if we have wisdom and virtue enough to set so glorious an example to mankind!”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The means ought to be proportioned to the end; the persons from whose agency the attainment of any end is expected ought to possess the means by which it is to be attained.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “It is presumable that no country will be able to borrow of foreigners upon better terms than the United States, because none can, perhaps, afford so good security.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “The valuable improvements made by the American constitutions on the popular models, both ancient and modern, cannot certainly be too much admired; but it would be an unwarrantable partiality, to contend that they have as effectually obviated the danger on this side, as was wished and expected.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “There is at this present juncture, a certain fermentation of mind, a certain activity of speculation and enterprise which if properly directed may be made subservient to useful purposes; but which if left entirely to itself, may be attended with pernicious effects.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “But being ruined by taxes is not the worst you have to fear. What security would you have for your lives? How can any of you be sure you would have the free enjoyment of your religion long? Would you put your religion in the power of any set of men living? Remember civil and religious liberty always go together: if the foundation of the one be sapped, the other will fail of course.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “That there may happen cases in which the national government may be necessitated to resort to force, cannot be denied.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Here sir, the people govern.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “Little more can reasonably be aimed at with respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed.”
Alexander Hamilton Quote: “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 Quote: “To look for a continuation in harmony between a number of independent unconnected sovereignties, situated in the same neighborhood, would be to disregard the uniform course of human events, and to set at defiance the accumulated experience of ages.”
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