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John Adams – As to the history of the revolution

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John AdamsAs 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.

John Adams   (1735-1826)

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John Adams – The jaws of power are always opened

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John AdamsThe jaws of power are always opened to devour and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
A Dissertation on the Canon and Federal Law

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John Adams – My political creed

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John AdamsThe fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratic council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor.

John Adams   (1735-1826)

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John Adams – There is danger from all men

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John AdamsThere is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
Notes for an Oration at Braintree

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John Adams – The most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge

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John AdamsLiberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right. . .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.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
A Dissertation on the Canon and Federal Law

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John Adams – Innocence be protected

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John AdamsIt 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   (1735-1826)

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John Adams – Posterity! The cost of freedom

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John AdamsPosterity! 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.

John Adams   (1735-1826)

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John Adams – The longer I live, the more I read

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John AdamsThe longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know…Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.

John Adams   (1735-1826)

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