So says John Adams


“If aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means. --—John Adams


“He possessed the gift of silence.” —President John Adams on George Washington’s exercise of discretion as a general and president


“The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave.” —John Adams


“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.” ----John Adams


“Judges...should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary moraIs, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.” ----John Adams


“Judges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests.” ----John Adams


“We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom alone men ought to be obedient.” -----Samuel Adams, reflecting on the original Independence Day


“Let the pulpit resound with the doctrine and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear of the dignity of man’s nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God.... Let it be known that British liberties are not the grants of princes and parliaments.” ----John Adams


“Judges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, grea t patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.” —John Adams


“Judges. therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals. great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention.” ---- John Adams.


“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” -----John Adams.


“Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, pros-perity, and happiness of the people.” ----John Adams.


“If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.” -----John Adams.


“Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.” —John Adams


“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” ----John Adams



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