John Adams Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

John Adams Quotes and Sayings

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    A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    A government of laws, and not of men. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    Fear is the foundation of most governments. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Genius is sorrow's child. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve? John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    The happiness of society is the end of government. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    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 | Refcard PDF
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    When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more. John Adams | Refcard PDF
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    While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago. John Adams | Refcard PDF






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