quote by Alexander Hamilton

The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.

— Alexander Hamilton

Staggering Federalist quotations

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.

Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.

If Congress can do whatever in their discretion can be done by money, and will promote the General Welfare, the Government is no longer a limited one, possessing enumerated powers, but an indefinite one.

The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.


But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.

Can the real Constitution be restored? Probably not.

Too many Americans depend on government money under programs the Constitution doesn't authorize, and money talks with an eloquence Shakespeare could only envy. Ignorant people don't understand The Federalist Papers, but they understand government checks with their names on them.

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.

A watchful eye must be kept on ourselves lest while we are building ideal monuments of Renown and Bliss here we neglect to have our names enrolled in the Annals of Heaven.

A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.


An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on true free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among general bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.

Democracies have been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their death.

Among the numerous advantages promised by a well-constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction.

In a free government, the security for civil rights must be the same as that for religious rights. It consists in the one case in the multiplicity of interests, and in the other in the multiplicity of sects.

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


[T]he great security against a gradual concentration of the several powers in the same department consists in giving to those who administer each department the necessary constitutional means and personal motives to resist encroachment of the others.

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.

[T]here is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution.

Conscience is the most sacred of all property.

What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?


The legislative department is everywhere extending the sphere of its activity and drawing all power into its impetuous vortex.

Conscience is the most sacred of all property;

other property depending in part on positive law, the exercise of that, being a natural and unalienable right.

A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government;

but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

It is of great importance in a republic, not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers; but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part.

Liberty is to faction what air is to fire.


The Founders understood that democracy was important, but if you didn't filter it through a republican system you'd be just as likely to end up with a tyranny of the majority as you would with a healthy society. Don't worry, I won't quote the Federalist Papers, but trust me, it's in there.

It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage.

..Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.

Who does not see that . . . the same authority which can force a citizen to contribute three pence only of his property for the support of any one establishment, may force him to conform to any other establishment in all cases whatsoever?

World federalists hold before us the vision of a unified mankind living in peace under a just world order... The heart of their program-a world under law- is realistic and attainable.

Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.


The goal of the World Federalists is peace through unity of government.

We must support their vision of oneness in diversity, for it is the salvation of mankind.

Who does not see that the same authority which can establish Christianity, in exclusion of all other Religions, may establish with the same ease any particular sect of Christians, in exclusion of all other Sects?

The purpose of the Federalist Society was to bring together young people who had this skepticism about what they were being taught and to let them know that there were others who shared this skepticism.

Armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.

The most common and durable source of faction has been the various and unequal distribution of property.