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The Best John Adams Quotes 

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In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. John Adams
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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
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Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people. John Adams
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I Pray Heaven to Bestow The Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE, and on All that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof! John Adams
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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
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Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams
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Measures were pursued to concert a plan to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty. John Adams
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The happiness of society is the end of government. John Adams
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All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation. John Adams
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Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak. John Adams
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Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. John Adams
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What other form of government, indeed, can so well deserve our esteem and love? John Adams
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Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. John Adams
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The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. John Adams
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As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington. John Adams
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Fear is the foundation of most government. John Adams
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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
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Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States. John Adams
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Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. John Adams
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A government of laws and not of men. John Adams
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Genius is sorrow's child. John Adams
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There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. John Adams
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Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity. John Adams
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The rich, the well-born, and the able, acquire an influence among the people that will soon be too much for simple honesty and plain sense, in a house of representatives. The most illustrious of them must, therefore, be separated from the mass, and placed by themselves in a senate; this is, to all honest and useful intents, an ostracism. John Adams
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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