Quotations by Alexander Hamilton

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Born: Saturday, January 11, 1755
Died: Thursday, July 12, 1804 (49 years old)
Profession: Politician
Nationality: American


A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Debt, Will)

A promise must never be broken.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Promise)

A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Mistake)

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.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Change, Reason)

Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Government, Neutrality)

Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: People, Act)

I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Work, Man)

I think the first duty of society is justice.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Society, Duty, First, Justice)

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
(Keywords: Government, Men, Control, Difficulty, First, Lies)

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
(Keywords: Politics, Religion, Fire, Persecution)

In the general course of human nature, A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Power, Nature, Human nature, Will)

In the main it will be found that a power over a man's support (salary) is a power over his will.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Power, Man, Support, Will)

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
(Keywords: Progress, Existence, Nation, Will)

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.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Advertising, Country, Labor, Reward, Support)

It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Government, Desire, Tyranny)

Learn to think continentally.
- Alexander Hamilton

Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Man)

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
(Keywords: Men, May, Planning)

Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Age, Trust, Body)

Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Power, Man, Will)

Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Firmness, Nothing)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Divinity, Rights, Human nature, Mankind, Old)

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
(Keywords: God, People, Fact, Maxim, Right, Voice)

There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Nature, Enthusiasm, Bravery, Heroism, Human nature, Liberty)

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Nothing)

When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Men, Moderation)

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
(Keywords: Government, Justice, Man, Reason, Will)

You should not have taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Sensibility)







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