Alexander Hamilton Quotes

Alexander Hamilton (1757 – 1804) was a political philosopher, soldier, a Founding Father, economist, the first U.S. Secretary of Treasury and one of the first constitutional lawyers. Hamilton had an important role in establishing the national bank and tariff system.

Hamilton contributed to John Adams’ defeat in the elections (1800) and helped Thomas Jefferson defeat Aaron Burr. Burr was Hamilton’s personal enemy. In 1804, he challenged Hamilton to a duel and wounded him. Several days later, Hamilton died.

Alexander Hamilton Quotes

If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual State. In a single State, if the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.

— Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 29

The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out; [ when called into actual service] a permanent or long standing force would be entirely different in make-up and call.

— Alexander Hamilton

… but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights ..

— Alexander Hamilton

The militia is a voluntary force not associated or under the control of the States except when called out.

— Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers #28

The President, and government, will only control the militia when a part of them is in the actual service of the federal government, else, they are independent and not under the command of the president or the government. The states would control the militia, only when called out into the service of the state, and then the governor would be commander in chief where enumerated in the respective state constitution.

— Alexander Hamilton

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

— Alexander Hamilton

The origin of all civil government, justly established, must be a voluntary compact, between the rulers and the ruled.

— Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted (1775)

In the general course of human nature, A power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.

— Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, Number 79

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

— Alexander Hamilton, Letter to the Daily Advertiser (21 February 1797)

We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.

— Alexander Hamilton, 26 June, 1787

It’s not tyranny we desire; it’s a just, limited, federal government.

— Alexander Hamilton

To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character.

— Alexander Hamilton

Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society.

— Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted (1775)

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, The Federalist Papers #34