Alexander Hamilton was an American politician, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and the principal author of the Federalist Papers. He was killed in a duel by Aaron Burr.
1. Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
2. It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.
3. When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.
4. There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.
5. 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.
6. Unless your government is respectable, foreigners will invade your rights; and to maintain tranquillity you must be respectable.
7. The fabric of American Empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of National power ought to flow immediately from that pure original fountain of all legitimate authority.
8. No Legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the Representatives of the People are superior to the People themselves.
9. The subjecting of men to punishment for things which, when they were done, were breaches of no law, and the practice of arbitrary imprisonments, have been, in all ages, the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.
10. The origin of all civil government, justly established, must be a voluntary compact, between the rulers and the ruled; and must be liable to such limitations, as are necessary for the security of the absolute rights of the latter.