John Adams Quotes

Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

In politics the middle way is none at all... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

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.. view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

The happiness of society is the end of government... view

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people... view

By: John Adams

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

By: 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... view

By: John Adams

Facts are stubborn things.. view

By: John Adams

Fear is the foundation of most governments... view

By: John Adams

Genius is sorrow's child... view

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

Old minds are like old horses.. view

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

A government of laws, and not of men... view

By: John Adams

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

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams

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... view

By: John Adams