•   Loading... Please wait
  • Search
      Authors  

    john adams Quotes

    ...Cities may be rebuilt, and a People reduced to Poverty, may acquire fresh Property: But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrendered their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.
    — John Adams
    Ideology is the science of idiots.
    — John Adams
    tags: idiot 
     
    If worthless men are sometimes at the head of affairs, it is, I believe, because worthless men are at the tail and the middle
    — John Adams
    tags: men  believe 
     
    Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
    — John Adams
    tags: society  abuse 
     
    To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.
    — John Adams
    A taste for literature and a turn for business, united in the same person, never fails to make a great man.
    — John Adams
    Our whole system of banks is a violation of every honest principle of banks. There is no honest bank but a bank of deposit. A bank that issues paper at interest is a pickpocket or a robber. But the delusion will have its course. ... An aristocracy is growing out of them that will be as fatal as the feudal barons if unchecked in time.
    — John Adams
    tags: time 
     
    America is destined to be peopled by one nation, speaking one language, professing one general system of religious and political principles, and accustomed to one general tenor of social usages and customs.
    — John Adams
    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: nor is the law less stable than the fact.
    — John Adams
    tags: law  wishes  facts  passion 
     
    But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations ... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.
    — John Adams
    Before God, I believe the hour has come. My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it. And I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment. Independence now, and Independence for ever!
    — John Adams
    Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots.
    — John Adams
    tags: time  mankind  majority 
     
    But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
    — John Adams
    Be not intimidated...nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.
    — John Adams
    tags: hypocrisy  liberty 
     
    Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
    — John Adams
    tags: power  law  service  god 
     
    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
    There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.
    — John Adams
    There is nothing I dread so much as the 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
    tags: evil  political  leader 
     
    One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress.
    — John Adams
    tags: men  law  shame  congress 
     
    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
    — John Adams
    Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.
    — John Adams
    Always stand on principle....even if you stand alone.
    — John Adams
    tags: alone 
     
    A single assembly is liable to all the vices, follies, and frailties of an individual; subject to fits of humor, starts of passion, flights of enthusiasm, partialities, or prejudice, and consequently productive of hasty results and absurd judgments. And all these errors ought to be corrected and defects supplied by some controlling power.
    — John Adams
    A question arises whether all the powers of government, legislative, executive, and judicial, shall be left in this body? I think a people cannot be long free, nor ever happy, whose government is in one Assembly.
    — 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.
    — John Adams
    Ambition is one of the ungovernable passions of the human heart. The love of power is insatiable and uncontrollable.
    — John Adams
    tags: heart  power  human  ambition  passion 
     
    The only thing most people do better than anyone else is read their own handwriting.
    — John Adams
    tags: people  read 
     
    Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
    — John Adams
    There are persons whom in my heart I despise, others I abhor. Yet I am not obliged to inform the one of my contempt, nor the other of my detestation. This kind of dissimulation...is a necessary branch of wisdom, and so far from being immoral...that it is a duty and a virtue.
    — John Adams
    tags: heart  virtue  wisdom 
     
    Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
    — John Adams
    tags: forever  lost  liberty 
     
    Ambition is the subtlest beast of the intellectual and moral field. It is wonderfully adroit in concealing itself from its owner.
    — John Adams
    tags: ambition  morals 
     
    It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.
    — John Adams
    tags: children  live  ambition  virtue  child  care  mind 
     
    Power must never be trusted without a check.
    — John Adams
    tags: power 
     
    And liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people who have a right from the frame of their nature to knowledge, as their great Creator who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings and a desire to know. But besides this they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible divine right to the most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.
    — John Adams
    A government of laws, and not of men.
    — John Adams
    tags: men  law  government 
     
    The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people, and must be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.
    — John Adams
    tags: people  education  school 
     
    The United States of America...has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility of Muslims.
    — John Adams
    tags: character  law 
     
    The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.
    — John Adams
    The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.
    — John Adams
    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
    tags: mind 
     
  •   Loading... Please wait
  • Search
    john adams
    Birth    : October 30, 1735
    Death  : July 4, 1826
    Occupation  : 2nd U.S. President

    Related Authors

    16th U.S. President
    Founding Father of the United States
    1st U.S. President
    3rd U.S. President
    Former First Lady of the United States
    Founding Father of the United States
    7th U.S. President
    Second son of President John Adams
    4th U.S. President
    5th U.S. President
    Former President of the Continental Congress
    Former Chief Justice of the United States
    6th U.S. President
    8th U.S. President
    Governor of Virginia
    Silversmith
    Founding Father of the United States
    9th U.S. President