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I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter
inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.
John Adams

I must judge for myself, but how can I judge, how can any man judge, unless his mind has
been opened and enlarged by reading.
John Adams

Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.
John Adams

A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man's attention and to inflame his ambition.
John Adams

A constitution of government once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty,
once lost, is lost forever.
John Adams

The balance of power in a society accompanies the balance of property in land.
John Adams

The people, when they have been unchecked, have been as unjust, tyrannical, brutal,
barbarous, and cruel, as any king or senate possessed of uncontrollable power. The majority
has eternally, and without one exception, usurped over the rights of the minority.
John Adams

Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.
John Adams

There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other
how to live.
John Adams

Can a free government possibly exist with the Roman Catholic religion?
John Adams

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.
John Adams

It is folly to anticipate evils, and madness to create imaginary ones.
John Adams

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

Liberty, according to my metaphysics, is an intellectual quality, an attribute that belongs not
to fate nor chance. Neither possesses it, neither is capable of it.
John Adams

When legislature is corrupted, the people are undone.
John Adams

Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if
we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their
estates, their pleasure, and their blood.
John Adams

To believe all men honest is folly. To believe none is something worse.
John Adams

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

A man ought to avow his opinions and defend them with boldness.
John Adams

It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt
and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence
itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say,
"Whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,"
and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end
of security whatsoever.
John Adams

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

The world grows more enlightened. Knowledge is more equally diffused.
John Adams

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the
weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
John Adams

You will ever remember that all the end of study is to make you a good man and a useful
citizen.
John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the
government of any other.
John Adams

To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.
John Adams

Rejoice always in all events, be thankful always for all things is a hard precept for human
nature, though in my philosophy and religion a perfect duty.
John Adams

Fear is the foundation of most governments.
John Adams

If national pride is ever justifiable or excusable it is when it springs, not from power or riches,
grandeur or glory, but from conviction of national innocence, information and benevolence.
John Adams

If the way to do good to my country were to render myself popular, I could easily do it. But
extravagant popularity is not the road to public advantage.
John Adams

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