quotes tagged with 'johnadams'

I have come to the conclusion that one foolish man is called a fool,
that two are called a law firm, and that three or more are called a
Congress!

Author: John Adams, Source: 1776Saved by ImaWriterIII in government congress johnadams fool lawfirm 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

Author: John Adams, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty johnadams 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates...to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them.

Author: John Adams, Source: Thoughts on Government, 1776Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty tyranny education wisdom johnadams 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Laws for the liberal education of the youth, especially of the lower class of the people, are so extremely wise and useful, that, to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant.

Author: John Adams, Source: Thoughts on Government, 1776Saved by ImaWriterIII in government education law youth johnadams 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

As to the history of the revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 - 1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington.

Author: John Adams, Source: letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 24, 1815Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty tyranny revolution johnadams movements 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

[J]udges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men.

Author: John Adams, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny character law court johnadams judges 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

As long as Property exists, it will accumulate in Individuals and Families. As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families.

Author: John Adams, Source: letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1814Saved by ImaWriterIII in family property johnadams 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families....How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?

Author: John Adams, Source: diary, 1778Saved by ImaWriterIII in children family mothers johnadams 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The dons, the bashaws, the grandees, the patricians, the sachems, the nabobs, call them by what names you please, sigh and groan and fret, and sometimes stamp and foam and curse, but all in vain. The decree is gone forth, and it cannot be recalled, that a more equal liberty than has prevailed in other parts of the earth must be established in America.

Author: John Adams, Source: letter to Patrick Henry, 1776Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty johnadams 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right, from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator, who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.

Author: John Adams, Source: Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 1765Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny education character creator johnadams unalienablerights 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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