10 Brilliant Things That John Adams Said

John Adams, the second president of the United States, founding father and great Federalist, was perhaps one of the most important figures in the history of free government. Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin comprised the Declaration committee on which they co-authored the Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen American Colonies. It is the actions as well as the words of great men that have been left for posterity to hear. Adams, among many, have shaped the world in which we live in today through his actions during the foundation of the United States.


“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”


“Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.”


“In politics the middle way is none at all.”


“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.”


“Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.”


“Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.”


“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.”


“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.”


“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”


“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”


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