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"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 HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"Measures which serve to abridge ... free competition ... have a tendency to occasion an enhancement of prices."
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"The injury which may possibly be done by defeating a few good laws, will be amply compensated by the advantage of preventing a number of bad ones."
(Federalist No. 73)
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character."
(Federalist No. 34)
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority."
(Federalist No. 85)
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint."
(Federalist No. 15)
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"There 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."
(Federalist No. 81, 1788)
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"...however weak our country may be, I hope we shall never sacrifice our liberties."
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"The Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution."
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired."
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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"Jurors should acquit, even against the judge's instruction... if exercising their judgment with discretion and honesty they have a clear conviction the charge of the court is wrong."
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
––Co-author of the Federalist Papers & first U.S. Treasury Sec'y

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