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A collection of quotations by Alexander Hamilton on liberty, politics, economics, writing, bravery, society, justice, rights, voice, people, tyranny and government.

33 Alexander Hamilton Quotes That Still Hold Significance

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Economist, Political Philosopher, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Born On
11 January 1755 AD

Died On
12 July 1804 AD

Born In
Nevis, British West Indies

Died At Age
49

Alexander Hamilton was one of the ‘Founding Fathers' of the United States. He was a famous Economist and a Political Philosopher. During the revolutionary war he joined the ‘New York Provincial Artillery Company’ and bravely fought three wars. He even led a successful raid on the British cannon. He served as an advisor to General George, wrote letters to very influential people including the state governors and powerful generals. He exercised various prominent duties including intelligence, diplomacy and negotiation. He further pursued a career in law and turned out be one of the most prominent attorneys. He was actively involved in public and political matters and was one of the most trusted advisors for the executive class. He became the first person to be chosen as a delegate for the ‘Constitutional Convention’ from New York. Here he wrote numerous essays which convinced the masses to follow the constitution and was collectively called as ‘Federalist Papers’. He further went on to become the first US Secretary of the Treasury. We have collected quotes by Alexander Hamilton which will help you understand the significance of revolting against odds. Read on the inspiring quotes and thoughts by Alexander Hamilton which have been excerpted from his writings, letters, work, books and essays.

But this is a thing more ardently to be wished than seriously to be expected.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

If we must have an enemy at the head of government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible.

- Alexander Hamilton

Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics the greatest number have begun their career, by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing Demagogues, and ending Tyrants.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

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.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

Dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people than under the forbidden appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

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.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. the first are the rich and well-born, the other the mass of the people

- Alexander Hamilton

A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

- Alexander Hamilton

Nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legislative authority.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

Experience is the oracle of truth; and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred.

- Alexander Hamilton

I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be.

- Alexander Hamilton

It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood;

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

A strong body makes the mind strong... I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.

- Alexander Hamilton

Divide et impera must be the motto of every nation that either hates or fears us.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people each individual citizen everywhere enjoying the same national rights, privileges, and protection.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.

- Writings, Alexander Hamilton

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.

- Alexander Hamilton

For 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.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

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

Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.

- Alexander Hamilton

Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

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.

- Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for every thing. Strut is good for nothing.

- Alexander Hamilton

Men are reasoning rather than reasonable animals.

- The Works Of Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton

A powerful, victorious ally is yet another name for master.

- The Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton

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

A nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master, and deserves one.

- Alexander Hamilton

The art of reading is to skip judiciously.

- Alexander Hamilton

I never expect a perfect work from an imperfect man.

- 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

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

- Alexander Hamilton

The constitution shall never be construed...to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.

- Alexander Hamilton