72 Alexander Hamilton Quotes from the American Revolutionary

Alexander Hamilton was an influential personality in founding the United States serving in the Revolutionary War and as the first Treasury Secretary.

Born in 1755 or 1757 on Nevis his parents were unwed and his father left when he was young.

Locals funded his education in America after recognizing his intelligence.

In America Hamilton supported colonial protests and fought in the Revolutionary War impressing George Washington and later serving as his aide.

Alexander Hamilton Quotes

He married Elizabeth Schuyler and after the war helped shape the Constitution and the country’s financial system.

His policies often clashed with those of Thomas Jefferson. Hamilton was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804.

Today he is celebrated for his contributions to America’s foundation.

Alexander Hamilton made a key impact during the Revolutionary War.

Let’s have a look at some of the greatest quotes by Alexander Hamilton.

Best Alexander Hamilton Quotes


The passions of a revolution are apt to hurry even good men into excesses. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


The genius of liberty reprobates every thing arbitrary or discretionary in taxation. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


Laws are a dead letter without courts to expound and define their true meaning and operation. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


A national debt will be to us a national blessing. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, rather than a slave. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


I never expect a perfect work from an imperfect man. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Famous Alexander Hamilton Quotes

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


You should not have taken advantage of my sensibility to steal into my affections without my consent. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Man is either governed by his own laws – freedom – or the laws of another – slavery. Are you willing to become slaves? Will you give up your freedom, your life and your property without a single struggle? No man has a right to rule over his fellow creatures. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

I would die to preserve the law upon a solid foundation; but take away liberty, and the foundation is destroyed. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


A powerful, victorious ally is yet another name for master. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

No person that has enjoyed the sweets of liberty can be insensible of its infinite value, or can reflect on its reverse without horror and detestation. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

A uniform tax is perfectly constitutional; and yet it may operate oppressively upon certain members of the Union. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Popular Alexander Hamilton Quotes


A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Divide et impera must be the motto of every nation that either hates or fears us. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

That experience is the parent of wisdom is an adage the truth of which is recognized by the wisest as well as the simplest of mankind. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

As to religion a moderate stock will satisfy me. She must believe in god and hate a saint. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


The loss of liberty to a generous mind is worse than death. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

The love for our native land strengthens our individual and national character. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Remember civil and religious liberty always go together: if the foundation of the one be sapped, the other will fall of course. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

The civil jury is a valuable safeguard to liberty. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

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. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


A promise must never be broken. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Great Alexander Hamilton Quotes

Give all the power to the many, they will oppress the few. Give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Sound policy condemns the practice of accumulating debts. ~ 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.

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


Ambition without principle never was long under the guidance of good sense. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

In framing a government for posterity as well as ourselves, we ought, in those provisions which are designed to be permanent, to calculate, not on temporary, but on permanent causes of expense. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

The Liberty of the press consists in the right to publish with impunity truth with good motives for justifiable ends, though reflecting on government, magistracy, or individuals. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Top Alexander Hamilton Quotes


The art of reading is to skip judiciously. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

The obscurity is more often in the passions and prejudices of the reasoner than in the subject. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

People sometimes attribute my success to my genius; all the genius I know anything about is hard work. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

The increasing remoteness of consanguinity is everyday diminishing the force of the family compact between France and Spain. And politicians have ever with great reason considered the ties of blood as feeble and precarious links of political connection. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


Learn to think continentally. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Thought-Provoking Alexander Hamilton Quotes

Americans rouse – be unanimous, be virtuous, be firm, exert your courage, trust in Heaven, and nobly defy the enemies both of God and man! ~ Alexander Hamilton.

A national debt if it is not excessive will be to us a national blessing; it will be powerful cement of our union. It will also create a necessity for keeping up taxation to a degree which without being oppressive, will be a spur to industry. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

We are attempting, by this Constitution, to abolish factions, and to unite all parties for the general welfare. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

The citizens of America have too much discernment to be argued into anarchy. And I am much mistaken, if experience has not wrought a deep and solemn conviction in the public mind, that greater energy of government is essential to the welfare and prosperity of the community. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Government is frequently and aptly classed under two descriptions-a government of force, and a government of laws; the first is the definition of despotism-the last, of liberty. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Can any reasonable man be well disposed toward a government which makes war and carnage the only means of supporting itself? ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Profound Alexander Hamilton Quotes

A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Take mankind in general, they are vicious-their passions may be operated upon. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Civil liberty is only natural liberty, modified and secured by the sanctions of civil society. It is not a thing, in its own nature, precarious and dependent on human will and caprice; but it is conformable to the constitution of man, as well as necessary to the well-being of society. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Every proposal for a specific tax is sure to meet with opposition. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

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

Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for everything. Strut is good for nothing. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Positive Alexander Hamilton Quotes

We are now forming a republican government. Real liberty is never found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

There can be no time, no state of things, in which Credit is not essential to a Nation… ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Necessity, especially in politics, often occasions false hopes, false reasonings, and a system of measures, correspondingly erroneous. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

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

Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Inspiring Alexander Hamilton Quotes

A fondness for power is implanted in most men, and it is natural to abuse it when acquired. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


The people are turbulent and changing; they seldom judge right or make good decision. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

It is the Press which has corrupted our political morals – and it is to the Press we must look for the means of our political regeneration. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

The deliberative sense of the community should govern. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

The people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

When a government betrays the people by amassing too much power and becoming tyrannical, the people have no choice but to exercise their original right of self-defense – to fight the government. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Powerful Alexander Hamilton Quotes

A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government. ~ Alexander Hamilton.


Our great error is that we suppose mankind to be more honest than they are. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

Our countrymen have all the folly of the ass and all the passiveness of the sheep. ~ Alexander Hamilton.

So these were the 72 top Alexander Hamilton quotes and sayings.

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