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…[W]e must bear in mind that we are not to confine our view to the present period, but to look forward to remote futurity. Constitutions of civil government are not to be framed upon a calculation of existing exigencies, but upon a combination of these with the probable exigencies of ages, according to the natural and tried course of human affairs. 

– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34, "The Same Subject Continued: Concerning the General Power of Taxation,"From the New York Packet, January 4, 1788


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

– Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, February 23, 1775


It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.

– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1, "General Introduction," Independent Journal, October 27, 1787


Alexander Hamilton quote on vigor of government

Vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.

– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1, "General Introduction," Independent Journal, October 27, 1787


 Quote by Alexander Hamilton on popular elections

This great source of free government, popular election, should be perfectly pure, and the most unbounded liberty allowed.

- Alexander Hamilton, Remarks in the New York Ratifying Convention (Francis Child's Version), June 21, 1788


Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.

-Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 15, "The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union," Independent Journal, December 1, 1787


Quote by Alexander Hamilton on principle of government

The true principle of government is this - make the system complete in its structure; give a perfect proportion and balance to its parts; and the powers you give it will never affect your security.

- Alexander Hamilton, Remarks in the New York Ratifying Convention (Francis Child's Version), June 27, 1788


The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.

– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 21, "Other Defects of the Present Confederation," Independent Journal, December 12, 1787


Quote by Alexander Hamilton on citizen oversight

It will indeed deserve the most vigilant and careful attention of the people, to see that [the Federal Government] be modelled in such a manner, as to admit of its being safely vested with the requisite powers.

- Alexander Hamilton, Federal No. 23, December 18, 1787


If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.

– Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 33, "The Same Subject Continued: Concerning the General Power of Taxation," From the Daily Advertiser, January 3, 1788


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