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John Adams quotes

Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

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.

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.

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

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

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

In politics the middle way is none at all.

I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.

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

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.

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.

Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.

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.

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.

Genius is sorrow's child.

The happiness of society is the end of government.

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.

A government of laws, and not of men.