John Adams

1735 - 1826

A Quote by John Adams on facts and wishes

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 (1735 - 1826)

Source: 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770

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A Quote by John Adams on fear and government

Fear is the foundation of most governments.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Thoughts on Government, 1776

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A Quote by John Adams on america, christianity, government, and religion

The government of the United States is not in any sense founded upon the Christian religion.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on citizenship, constitution, defense, direction, discretion, government, individuality, laws, liberty, military, privacy, and support

To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense, or by partial orders of towns, countries or districts of a state, is to demolish every constitution, and lay the laws prostrate, so that liberty can be enjoyed by no man; it is a dissolution of the government. 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 (1735 - 1826)

Source: A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States 475 (1787-1788)

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A Quote by John Adams on atheism, belief, blindness, eternity, fate, men, and nations

The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to F. A. Van der Kamp, February 16, 1809.

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A Quote by John Adams on honesty, influence, people, and simplicity

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 (1735 - 1826)

Source: A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, vol. 1 (vol. 4 of The Works of John Adams, ed. Charles Francis Adams), Preface, p. 290 (1851). First published in 1787.

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A Quote by John Adams on certainty, life, and presidency

Had I been chosen President again, I am certain I could not have lived another year.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on awareness, gloom, glory, god, posterity, support, trust, and worth

I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost us 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 more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: letter to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776.—Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, vol. 2, p. 31 (1963).

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A Quote by John Adams on citizenship, defense, discretion, individuality, and privacy

Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion . . . in private self-defense.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

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A Quote by John Adams on conscience, direction, duty, judgment, and understanding

It is not only the trial juror's right, but his duty, to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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