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    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
    tags: people  true  right  facts 
     
    Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: real 
     
    I think the first duty of society is justice.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: justice  society 
     
    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
    tags: time  powerful  danger  liberty 
     
    Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    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
    tags: men  lies  control  government 
     
    Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: people 
     
    Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: power 
     
    The honor of a nation is its life. Deliberately to abandon it is to commit an act of political suicide.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: suicide  political  honor 
     
    I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge right or make good decision.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: people  decision  right 
     
    Our countrymen have all the folly of the ass and all the passiveness of the sheep.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: government 
     
    The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: people  hope 
     
    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
    tags: men  patriotism 
     
    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
    The first duty of society is justice.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: justice  society 
     
    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
    tags: men 
     
    There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: nature  human  liberty  bravery 
     
    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.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    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
    tags: men  people  thoughts  lies  night  mind  genius 
     
    Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: influence 
     
    Our great error is that we suppose mankind to be more honest than they are.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: mankind 
     
    A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: master  danger 
     
    This process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of President will seldom fall to the lot of any many who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: process  morals 
     
    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
    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
    tags: power 
     
    To my utter astonishment I saw an airship descending over my cow lot. It was occupied by six of the strangest beings I ever saw. They were jabbering together, but we could not understand a word they said...
    — Alexander Hamilton
    Remember civil and religious liberty always go together: if the foundation of the one be sapped, the other will fall of course.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: religious  liberty 
     
    People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: people  work  genius  success 
     
    When a government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defense - to fight the government.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    You should not have taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: advantage 
     
    Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for every thing. Strut is good for nothing.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: real 
     
    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
    tags: people  horror  value  liberty 
     
    The art of reading is to skip judiciously.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: reading 
     
    As to Taxes, they are evidently inseparable from Government. It is impossible without them to pay the debts of the nation, to protect it from foreign danger, or to secure individuals from lawless violence and rapine.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    I would die to preserve the law upon a solid foundation; but take away liberty, and the foundation is destroyed.
    — Alexander Hamilton
    tags: law  die  liberty 
     
    If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.
    — Alexander Hamilton
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