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First Principles: To Cherish and Stimulate the Activity of the Human Mind, By Multiplying the Objects of Enterprise, Is Not Among the Least Considerable of the Expedients

“To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted.” -Alexander Hamilton (1791)

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First Principles: Of Those Men Who Have Over Turned the Liberties of Republics, the Greatest Number Have Begun Their Career By Paying…Court To the People…and Ending Tyrants

“Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.” -Alexander Hamilton (1787)

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First Principles: A Government Ought To Contain In Itself Every Power Requisite To the Full Accomplishment of the Objects Committed To Its Care

“A government ought to contain in itself every power requisite to the full accomplishment of the objects committed to its care, and to the complete execution of the trusts for which it is responsible, free from every other control but … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Instruments By Which the Government Must Act Are Either the Authority of the Laws or Force. If the First Is Destroyed, the Last Must Be Substituted

“The instruments by which [the government] must act are either the AUTHORITY of the laws or FORCE. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government there is an end … Continue reading

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First Principles: Perseverance In Almost Any Plan Is Better Than Fickleness and Fluctuation

“Perseverance in almost any plan is better than fickleness and fluctuation.” – Alexander Hamilton, July 1792

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First Principles: Let Us Recollect That Peace or War Will Not Always Be left To Our Option

“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.” – Alexander Hamilton … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Sacred Respect For the Constitutional Law Is the Vital Principle, the Sustaining Energy of A Free Government

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws — the first growing out of the last. … Continue reading

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First Principles: Justice Is the End of Government. It Is the End of Civil Society. It Ever Has Been and Ever Will Be Pursued Until It Be Obtained

“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 51, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Hard Words Are Very Rarely Useful. Real Firmness Is Good For Everything. Strut Is Good for Nothing.

“Hard words are very rarely useful. Real firmness is good for every thing. Strut is good for nothing.” – Alexander Hamilton

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First Principles: The Sacred Rights of Mankind…Are Written…In the Whole Volume of Human Nature, By the Hand of the Divinity Itself

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and … Continue reading

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