John Adams Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from John Adams
  1. #1
    “Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.”
  2. #2
    “Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.”
  3. #3
    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
  4. #4
    “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.”
  5. #5
    “The prospect is chilling, on every Side. Gloomy, dark, melancholy, and dispiriting. When and where will the light spring up?”
  6. #6
    “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”
  7. #7
    “Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell.”
  8. #8
    “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
  9. #9
    “Let every sluice of knowledge be opened and set a-flowing.”
  10. #10
    “I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough.... The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.”
  1. #11
    “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.”
  2. #12
    “While all other Sciences have advanced, that of Government is at a stand; little better understood; little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.”
  3. #13
    “You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.”
  4. #14
    “Power always thinks... that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”
  5. #15
    “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
  6. #16
    “Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”
  7. #17
    “Let the human mind loose. It must be loose. It will be loose. Superstition and dogmatism cannot confine it.”
  8. #18
    “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.”
  9. #19
    “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.”
  10. #20
    “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.”
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