“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”— John Adams. Here are 40 Top John Adams Quotes.

John Adams

1.“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

2.“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams

3.“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

4.“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.” — John Adams

5.“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.” — John Adams

6.“A government of laws, and not of men.” — John Adams

7.“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” — John Adams

8.“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”— John Adams

9.“Fear is the foundation of most governments.” — John Adams

10.“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” — John Adams

John Adams Quotes

11.“In politics the middle way is none at all.” — John Adams

12.“Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.”— John Adams

13.“The happiness of society is the end of government.” — John Adams

14.“Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.” — John Adams

15.“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

16.,“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

17.“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

18.“Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.” — John Adams

19.“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

20.“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.” — John Adams

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John Adams Quotes

21.“The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in states as well as individuals.”— John Adams

22.“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

23.“The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.”— John Adams

24.“I, poor creature, worn out with scribbling for my bread and my liberty, low in spirits and weak in health, must leave others to wear the laurels which I have sown, others to eat the bread which I have earned. A common case.” — John Adams

25.“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

26.“My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.” — John Adams

27.“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

28.“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

29.“I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.” — John Adams

30.“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

John Adams Quotes

31.“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

32.“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

33.“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

34.“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

35.“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

36.“Genius is sorrow's child.” — John Adams

37.“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” — John Adams

38.“Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” — John Adams

39.“If conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value.”— John Adams

40.“Thanks to God that he gave me stubbornness when I know I am right.” — John Adams

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