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.
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.
I think the first duty of society is justice.
A promise must never be broken.
Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will.
There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.
I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.
Alexander Hamilton — quotes and aphorisms
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.
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
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.
It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.