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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 or obscured by mortal power.
—  Alexander Hamilton
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.
—  Alexander Hamilton
Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.
—  Alexander Hamilton
We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.
—  Alexander Hamilton
... 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 the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens.
—  Alexander Hamilton
Real firmness is good for anything; strut is good for nothing.
—  Alexander Hamilton
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.
—  Alexander Hamilton
Every power vested in a government is in its nature sovereign, and includes by force of the term a right to employ all the means requisite ... to the attainment of the ends of such power.
—  Alexander Hamilton
What plan for the regulation of the militia may be pursued by the national government is impossible to be foreseen ... The project of disciplining all the militia of the United States is as futile as it would be injurious if it were capable of being carried into execution ... Little more can reasonably be aimed at with the respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed and equipped ; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them once or twice in the course of a year.
—  Alexander Hamilton
If the end be clearly comprehended within any of the specified powers, and if the measure have an obvious relation to that end, and is not forbidden by any particular provision of the Constitution, it may safely be deemed to come within the compass of the national authority.
—  Alexander Hamilton
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.
—  Alexander Hamilton

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