John Adams Quotes

Top 100 wise famous quotes and sayings by John Adams

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John Adams quotes: A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man's attention and to inflame his ambition. A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man's attention and to inflame his ambition.
John Adams quotes: The Christian Religion as I understand it is the best. The Christian Religion as I understand it is the best.
John Adams quotes: The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in states as well as individuals. The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in states as well as individuals.
John Adams quotes: It is much easier to pull down a government, in such a conjuncture of affairs as we have seen, than to build up, at such a season as the present. It is much easier to pull down a government, in such a conjuncture of affairs as we have seen, than to build up, at such a season as the present.
John Adams quotes: Negro Slavery is an evil of Colossal magnitude and I am utterly averse to the admission of Slavery into the Missouri Territories. Negro Slavery is an evil of Colossal magnitude and I am utterly averse to the admission of Slavery into the Missouri Territories.
John Adams quotes: When legislature is corrupted, the people are undone. When legislature is corrupted, the people are undone.
John Adams quotes: The Constitution is ... the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen The Constitution is ... the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen
John Adams quotes: Politics are a labyrinth without a clue. Politics are a labyrinth without a clue.
John Adams quotes: No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it. No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it.
John Adams quotes: Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write . Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write .
John Adams quotes: Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics.
John Adams quotes: Whenever serious art loses track of its roots in the vernacular, then it begins to atrophy. Whenever serious art loses track of its roots in the vernacular, then it begins to atrophy.
John Adams quotes: I shall have liberty to think for myself without molesting others or being molested myself. I shall have liberty to think for myself without molesting others or being molested myself.
John Adams quotes: Fear is the foundation of most governments. Fear is the foundation of most governments.
John Adams quotes: National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman. National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.
John Adams quotes: This wasted time i have found by constant experience to be as indispensable as sleep. This wasted time i have found by constant experience to be as indispensable as sleep.
John Adams quotes: Human passions unbridled by morality and religion ... would break the stronges cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Human passions unbridled by morality and religion ... would break the stronges cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.
John Adams quotes: People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity. People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.
John Adams quotes: It is folly to anticipate evils, and madness to create imaginary ones. It is folly to anticipate evils, and madness to create imaginary ones.
John Adams quotes: Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
John Adams quotes: Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1,500 years? Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1,500 years?
John Adams quotes: Why have I not genius to start some new thought? Some thing that will surprise the world? Why have I not genius to start some new thought? Some thing that will surprise the world?
John Adams quotes: I read my eyes out and can't read half enough ... the more one reads the more one sees we have to read. I read my eyes out and can't read half enough ... the more one reads the more one sees we have to read.
John Adams quotes: The numbers of men in all ages have preferred ease, slumber, and good cheer to liberty, when they have been in competition. The numbers of men in all ages have preferred ease, slumber, and good cheer to liberty, when they have been in competition.
John Adams quotes: We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus! We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!
John Adams quotes: A taste for literature and a turn for business, united in the same person, never fails to make a great man. A taste for literature and a turn for business, united in the same person, never fails to make a great man.
John Adams quotes: I drink no cider, but feast on Philadelphia beer. I drink no cider, but feast on Philadelphia beer.
John Adams quotes: When public virtue is gone, when the national spirit is fled the republic is lost in essence, though it may still exist in form When public virtue is gone, when the national spirit is fled the republic is lost in essence, though it may still exist in form
John Adams quotes: Modesty is a virtue that can never thrive in public. Modesty is a virtue that can never thrive in public.
John Adams quotes: He is too illiterate, unread, unlearned for his station and reputation. He is too illiterate, unread, unlearned for his station and reputation.
John Adams quotes: Had I been chosen President again, I am certain I could not have lived another year. Had I been chosen President again, I am certain I could not have lived another year.
John Adams quotes: As the happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it. As the happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it.
John Adams quotes: The United States of America ... has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility of Muslims. The United States of America ... has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility of Muslims.
John Adams quotes: Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
John Adams quotes: I am a revolutionary, so my son can be a farmer, so his son can be a poet. I am a revolutionary, so my son can be a farmer, so his son can be a poet.
John Adams quotes: I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation. I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation.
John Adams quotes: My God! This is a revolution! We have to offend someone! My God! This is a revolution! We have to offend someone!
John Adams quotes: That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience. That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience.
John Adams quotes: There's no such thing as a free lunch, unless you have a coupon for a free lunch ... or someone gives you a lunch ... never mind. There's no such thing as a free lunch, unless you have a coupon for a free lunch ... or someone gives you a lunch ... never mind.
John Adams quotes: I must leave others to wear the laurels that I have sown. I must leave others to wear the laurels that I have sown.
John Adams quotes: In politics the middle way is none at all. In politics the middle way is none at all.
John Adams quotes: The happiness of society is the end of government. The happiness of society is the end of government.
John Adams quotes: To believe all men honest is folly. To believe none is something worse. To believe all men honest is folly. To believe none is something worse.
John Adams quotes: 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. 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 quotes: One sailor will do us more good than two soldiers. One sailor will do us more good than two soldiers.
John Adams quotes: Virtue is not always amiable. Virtue is not always amiable.
John Adams quotes: Make Things rather than Persons the subjects of conversations. Make Things rather than Persons the subjects of conversations.
John Adams quotes: I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world. I have examined all religions, and the result is that the Bible is the best book in the world.
John Adams quotes: Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion ... in private self-defense. Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion ... in private self-defense.
John Adams quotes: Each individual of the society has a right to be protected by it in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property, according to standing laws. Each individual of the society has a right to be protected by it in the enjoyment of his life, liberty, and property, according to standing laws.
John Adams quotes: The only way to form an army to be confided in, was a systematic discipline, by which means all men may be made heroes. The only way to form an army to be confided in, was a systematic discipline, by which means all men may be made heroes.
John Adams quotes: The rights of Englishmen are derived from God, not from king or Parliament, and would be secured by the study of history, law, and tradition. The rights of Englishmen are derived from God, not from king or Parliament, and would be secured by the study of history, law, and tradition.
John Adams quotes: To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do. To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.
John Adams quotes: The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to prevent their growth in our own. The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to prevent their growth in our own.
John Adams quotes: The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.
John Adams quotes: Pray how does your asparagus perform? Pray how does your asparagus perform?
John Adams quotes: Always stand on principle ... even if you stand alone. Always stand on principle ... even if you stand alone.