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AUTHOR: Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804)
QUOTATION: The history of human conduct does not warrant that exalted opinion of human virtue which would make it wise in a nation to commit interests of so delicate and momentous a kind as those which concern its intercourse with the rest of the world to the sole disposal of a magistrate, created and circumstanced, as would be a President of the United States.
ATTRIBUTION: ALEXANDER HAMILTON, The Federalist, ed. Benjamin F. Wright, no. 75, p. 477 (1961).
SUBJECTS: Foreign policy