Founder’s Quotes

Important quotes by the Founders of America.

From The Federalist No. VIII – The Consequences of Hostilities Between the States
By Alexander Hamilton

“Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.”

From the Federalist X – The Same Subject Continued (The Union as a Safeguard against Domestic Faction and Insurrection) by James Madison

“The influence of factious leaders may kindle a flame within their particular States, but will be unable to spread a general conflagration through the other States. A religious sect may degenerate into a political faction in a part of the confederacy ; but the variety of sects dispersed over the entire face of it must secure the national councils against any danger from that source. A rage for paper money, for an abolition of debts, for an equal division of property, or for any other improper or wicked project, will be less apt to pervade the whole body of the Union than a particular member of it ; in the same proportion as such a malady is more likely to taint a particular county or district, than an entire State.”