Top quotes by John Adams

John Adams's top quotes. '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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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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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.

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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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A government of laws, and not of men.

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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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Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

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Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.

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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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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 happiness of society is the end of government.

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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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Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

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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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I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.

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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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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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Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.

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

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