John Adams Quotes

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases

John Adams

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

John Adams

Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion... in private self-defense.

John Adams

There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

John Adams

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy....

John Adams

This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it

John Adams

The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it.

John Adams

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery of party, faction, and division of society

John Adams

Keeping an army in America has been nothing but a public nuisance.

John Adams

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.

John Adams

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain

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