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John Adams quotes

The happiness of society is the end of government.

In politics the middle way is none at all.

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

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

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.

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.

Genius is sorrow's child.

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

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

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

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

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