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The Federalists Quotes

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"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."28

- George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796
"It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."

- George Washington, Farewell Address, 179629
"A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing; it will be powerful cement to our union."30

- Alexander Hamilton to Robert Morris, April 30, 1781
"The multitude . . . have not a sufficient stock of reason and knowledge to guide them. . . . It is not safe to trust to the virtue of any people."

- Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, November 26, 177531
"The vigour of government is essential to the security of liberty. . . . a dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people, than under the forbidding appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government."

- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No.1, 178732
"I left my country in peace and harmony with all the world. . . . For this I was turned out of office, degraded and disgraced by my country; and I was glad of it."

- John Adams to James Lloyd, March 31, 181533

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