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.
By: Alexander Hamilton
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.
Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.
The nation which can prefer disgrace to danger is prepared for a master and deserves one.
The inquiry constantly is what will please, not what will benefit the people. In such a government there can be nothing but temporary expedient, fickleness, and folly.
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.
When the sword is once drawn, the passions of men observe no bounds of moderation.
In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.
In the usual progress of things, the necessities of a nation in every stage of its existence will be found at least equal to its resources.
To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people, each individual citizen everywhere enjoying the same national rights, privileges, and protection.
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.
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.
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