John Adams Quotations

Virtue is not always amiable.

A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man's attention and to inflame his ambition.

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

A government of laws, and not of men.

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.

I agree with you that in politics the middle way is none at all.

The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. . . . This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.

You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.

No man who ever held the office of President would congratulate a friend on obtaining it. He will make one man ungrateful, and a hundred men his enemies, for every office he can bestow.

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

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.

The happiness of society is the end of government.

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.

Fear is the foundation of most governments.

Inequality of Mind and Body are so established by God Almighty in his Constitution of Human Nature that no art or policy can ever plane them down to a level.

The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.

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

The government of the United States is not in any sense founded upon the Christian religion.

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