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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1334
AUTHOR: Alexander Hamilton (1755–1804)
QUOTATION: Your people, sir, is nothing but a great beast!
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to ALEXANDER HAMILTON, in a political argument with Thomas Jefferson.—David S. Muzzey, An American History, p. 192 (1911).

For similar expressions of this idea going back to Horace, see Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 15th ed., p. 108, no. 19 and footnotes (1982), and The Home Book of Quotations, ed. Burton Stevenson, 9th ed., p. 1483–84, section 7 (1964).