Alexander Hamilton Quotes (America’s Founding Father)

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

10 Most Famous Alexander Hamilton Quotes

Alexander Hamilton quotes
  1. “Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.”

2. “I never expect a perfect work from an imperfect man.”

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

4. “Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many.”

5. “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”

6. “I cannot make everybody else as rapid as myself.”

7. “Who talks most about freedom and equality? Is it not those who hold the bill of rights in one hand and a whip for affrighted slaves in the other?”

8. “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.”

9. “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

10. “Men are reasoning rather than reasonable animals.”

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

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

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

14. “The inducements of philanthropy to those of patriotism,”

15. “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

16. “Power controlled or abridged is almost always the rival and enemy of that power by which it is controlled or abridged.”

17. “But the most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property.”

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

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

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

21. “It is a sound and important principle that the representative ought to be acquainted with the interests and circumstances of his constituents.”

22. “Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.”

23. “No man shall be the avenger of his own wrongs, especially by a deed alike interdicted by the laws of God and man.”

24. “Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.”

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

26. “Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct.”

27. “The art of reading is to skip judiciously.”

28. “Opinion, whether well or ill founded, is the governing principle of human affairs.”

29. “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. ”

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30. “A sacred respect for the Constitutional Law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.”

31. “The pains taken to preserve peace include a proportional responsibility that equal pains be taken to be prepared for war.”

32. “When avarice takes the lead in a state, it is commonly the forerunner of its fall.”

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

34. “Those which are of most importance, and which seem most to require local knowledge, are commerce, taxation, and the militia.”

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

36. “No man ought certainly to be a judge in his own cause, or in any cause in respect to which he has the least interest or bias.”

37. “If the sword of oppression be permitted to lop off one limb without opposition, reiterated strokes will soon dismember the whole body.”

38. “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

39. “When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.”

40. “In proportion as I discover the worthlessness of other pursuits, the value of my Eliza and of domestic happiness rises in my estimation.”

About Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was an American military officer, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first Secretary of Treasury under George Washington from 1789 to 1795.

Hamilton was orphaned as a child after being born out of wedlock in Charlestown, Nevis, and was raised by a wealthy merchant. 

He envisioned a strong national defense, an industrial economy, and a central government led by an energetic president.

He successfully argued that the Constitution’s implied powers provided the legal authority to fund the national debt, assume the debts of the states, and establish the First Bank of the United States, which was funded by an import tariff and a whiskey tax. 

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