Quotes by Alexander Hamilton


Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
– Alexander Hamilton
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
– Alexander Hamilton
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
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
– 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
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
Learn to think continentally.
– Alexander Hamilton
Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.
– Alexander Hamilton
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
Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.
– Alexander Hamilton
Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will.
– Alexander Hamilton
Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
– Alexander Hamilton
Such a wife as I want... must be young, handsome I lay most stress upon a good shape, sensible a little learning will do, well-bread, chaste, and tender. As to religion, a moderate stock will satisfy me. She must believe in God and hate a saint.
– Alexander Hamilton
The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct permanent share in the government... Can a democratic assembly who annually revolve in the mass of the people be supposed steadily to pursue the public good?
– Alexander Hamilton
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
Those who do not industrialize become hewers of wood and haulers of water.
– Alexander Hamilton
A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.
– Alexander Hamilton
Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit. In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature, where the weaker individual is not secured against the violence of the stronger; and as, in the latter state, even the individuals are prompted, by the uncertainty of their condition, to submit to a government which may protect the weak as well as themselves; so, in the former state, will the more powerful factions or parties be gradually induced, by a like motive to wish for a government which will protect all parties, the weaker as well as the more powerful.
– Alexander Hamilton
When men exercise their reason coolly and freely on a variety of distinct questions, they inevitably fall into different opinions on some of them. When they are governed by a common passion, their opinions, if they are to be called, will be the same.
– Alexander Hamilton
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