Nothing is more common than for a free people, in times of heat and violence, to gratify momentary passions, by letting into the government, principles and precedents which afterwards prove fatal to themselves.
Source: Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton’s “Letters from Phocion,” Letter 1, dated 27 January 1784, written “to the Considerate Citizens of New York, on the Politics of the Times, in consequence of the Peace,” found in The Works of Alexander Hamilton: Miscellanies, 1774-1789, p. 289.
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