A Quote by John Adams on america, glory, independence, justice, presidency, and revolution

For America's second president, the most venerated document of the Revolution was just one more occasion for sour grapes: "The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that . . . and all the glory of it."

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Benjamin Rush, June 21, 1811

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A Quote by John Adams on day, independence, and survival

Thomas Jefferson still survives . . . (Actually, Jefferson had died earlier that same day, Independence Day, July 4, 1826)

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on america, debate, decisions, independence, men, questions, and resolution

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 those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Mrs. Adams, July 3, 1776.

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A Quote by E. James (Jim) Rohn on independence, opportunity, and society

Part of your heritage in this society is the opportunity to become financially independent.

Jim Rohn

Source: tape of meeting in Sacramento, CA, with Rich DeVos, Jay Van Andel & many others, c. 1979-1980. Tape was recorded privately and is in the public domain.

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A Quote by Jeannette Rankin on acceptance, behavior, day, good, independence, individuality, respect, self-respect, and women

The individual woman is required . . . a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition.

Jeannette Rankin (1880 - 1973)

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A Quote by James Madison on independence, language, men, patriotism, people, presidency, and principles

"Every answer he [President John Adams] gives to his addressers unmasks more and more his principles and views. His language to the young men at Philadelphia is the most abominable and degrading that could fall from the lips of the first magistrate of an independent people, and particularly from a Revolutionary patriot."

James Madison (1751 - 1836)

Source: Letter to Thomas Jefferson, May 20, 1798

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A Quote by James Baldwin on country, distrust, education, impossibility, independence, and mind

It is very nearly impossible . . . to become an educated person in a country so distrustful of the independent mind.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by Jacques René Chirac on excellence, existence, independence, and justice

Franco-American relations have been, and always will be, both conflictual and excellent. The U.S. finds France unbearable with its pretensions; we find the U.S. unbearable with its hegenomism. But deep down, we remember that the 'boys' - came to help us two times, just as the Americans remember that the French helped them with their independence. So there will be sparks but no fire, because a real bond exists.

Jacques Chirac (1932 -)

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A Quote by Thomas Henry Huxley on independence and politics

That mysterious independent variable of political calculation, Public Opinion.

Thomas Huxley (1825 - 1895)

Source: Universities, Actual & Ideal

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on civilization, community, facts, history, independence, politics, religion, society, and world

From the point of view of human history, the way in which the Thirteen States became independent is of far less importance than the fact that they did become independent. And with the establishment of their independence came a new sort of community into the world. It was like something coming out of an egg. It was a western European civilization that had broken free from the last traces of Empire and Christendom; it had not a vestige of monarchy left and no state religion. . . . It was in these respects such a clean start in political organization as the world had not seen before. . . . The new community had in fact gone right down to the bare and stripped fundamentals of human association, and it was building up a new sort of society and a new sort of state upon those foundations.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Source: Outline of History, 1920

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