Zitat des Tages von Alexander Hamilton:
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.
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.
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.
Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will.
Learn to think continentally.
I think the first duty of society is justice.
Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.
There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.
Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
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.
The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.
Even to observe neutrality you must have a strong government.
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
A promise must never be broken.
Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
It is the advertiser who provides the paper for the subscriber. It is not to be disputed, that the publisher of a newspaper in this country, without a very exhaustive advertising support, would receive less reward for his labor than the humblest mechanic.
Men are rather reasoning than reasonable animals, for the most part governed by the impulse of passion.
You should not have taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent.
Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.
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.
It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government.
Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one.
Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.