John Adams quotes
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.
When annual elections end, there slavery begins.
The substance and essence of Christianity, as I understand it, is eternal and unchangeable,
and will bear examination forever, but it has been mixed with extraneous ingredients, which I
think will not bear examination, and they ought to be separated.
Power must never be trusted without a check.
Metaphysicians and politicians may dispute forever, but they will never find any other moral
principle or foundation of rule or obedience, than the consent of governors and governed.
A man ought to avow his opinions and defend them with boldness.
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.
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction,
and division of society.