“It is an unquestionable truth, that the body of the people in every country desire sincerely its prosperity. But it is equally unquestionable that they do not possess the discernment and stability necessary for systematic government. To deny that they are frequently led into the grossest of errors, by misinformation and passion, would be a flattery which their own good sense must despise.”
— Alexander Hamilton (speech to the Ratifying Convention of New York, June 1788)
Reference: The Works of Alexander Hamilton, Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., II, 42.