John Adams Quotes

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

John Adams

Grief drives men into habits of serious reflection, sharpens the understanding, and softens the heart

John Adams

If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind, whom should we serve?

John Adams

Be not intimidated, therefore, by any terrors, from publishing with the utmost freedom whatever can be warranted by the laws of your country; nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretenses of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice.

John Adams

Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially for the lower classes of people, are so extremely wise and useful that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.

John Adams

The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty

John Adams

You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; right derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe

John Adams

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

John Adams

Books that cannot bear examination, certainly ought not to be established as divine inspiration by penal laws.

John Adams

Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.

John Adams

The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice.

John Adams

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

John Adams

The way to secure liberty is to place it in the people's hands, that is, to give them the power at all times to defend it in the legislature and in the courts of justice

John Adams

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

John Adams

If (the) empire of superstition and hypocrisy should be overthrown, happy indeed will it be for the world; but if all religion and morality should be overthrown with it, what advantages will be gained? The doctrine of human equality is founded entire

John Adams

It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power

John Adams
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