Alexander Hamilton Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Alexander Hamilton quotes and Alexander Hamilton sayings, and Alexander Hamilton proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"He who stands for nothing will fall for anything."

"A promise must never be broken."

"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."

"Self-preservation is the first principle of our nature."

"Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct."

"Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

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

"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."

"Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others."

"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."

"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."

"I think the first duty of society is justice."

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

"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."

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

"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 or obscured by mortal power."

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

"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments."

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

"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."

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

"The honor of a nation is its life."

"Learn to think continentally."

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

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