Facts about John Adams

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Summary

John Adams was a famous President from USA, who lived between October 30, 1735 and July 4, 1826.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac scorpio, who is known for Transient, Self-Willed, Purposeful, Unyielding. Our collection contains 36 quotes who is written / told by John, under the main topic War.

Here is some other popular authors who lived in the same timeframe: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Ward Beecher, H. C. Andersen, Henry W. Longfellow, Berthold Auerbach, Alexandre Dumas, Samuel Smiles, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, William Ellery Channing, John Stuart Mill, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Charles Dickens, Thomas Huxley, Napoleon Bonaparte, William Hazlitt, Benjamin Disraeli, Thomas Jefferson, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, Johann Gottfried von Herder, V. Cousin

Famous quotes by John Adams (36)


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"There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live"
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"While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago"
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"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"
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"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"
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"When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more"
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"The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations"
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"Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people"
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"Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write"
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"In politics the middle way is none at all"
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"If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?"
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"I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman"
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"I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate"
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"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"
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"Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell"
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"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war"
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"Genius is sorrow's child"
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"Fear is the foundation of most governments"
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"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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"Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide"
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"Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases"
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"As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children"
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"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation"
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"Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society"
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"A government of laws, and not of men"
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"A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man"
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"The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries"
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"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"
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"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide"
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"Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty"
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"Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws"
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"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak"
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"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"
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"Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order"
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"My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived"
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"Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power"
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"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy"


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