portrait of Alexander Hamilton
oil on canvas by John Trumbull (1806)

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Quotes of the Day for 11 January 2002 – Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton was born on this day in 1755 on the Caribbean island called Nevis. You can see a stern Hamilton on the front of the US ten-dollar bill, looking sternly like he's about to turn you down for a loan.

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The quotes:

Alexander Hamilton originated the put and take system in our national treasury: the taxpayers put it in, and the politicians take it out.
     - Will Rogers, 1879 - 1935

In the general course of human nature, A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will.
     - Alexander Hamilton, 1755 - 1804

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, 1755 - 1804

If you seek Hamilton's monument, look around. You are living in it. We honor Jefferson, but live in Hamilton's country, a mighty industrial nation with a strong central government.
     - George Will, Restoration, 1992

Man - a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.
     - Alexander Hamilton, 1755 - 1804


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