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John Adams Quote: “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”

Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.

— John Adams



John Adams Quote: “Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.”

Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”

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

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress.”

One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.”

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

— John Adams


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

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

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “I would quarrel with both parties, and with every individual of each, before I would subjugate my understanding, or prostitute my tongue or pen to either.”

I would quarrel with both parties, and with every individual of each, before I would subjugate my understanding, or prostitute my tongue or pen to either.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”

Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.

— John Adams



John Adams Quote: “Ideology is the science of idiots.”

Ideology is the science of idiots.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “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.”

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.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “The happiness of society is the end of government.”

The happiness of society is the end of government.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Those who trade liberty for security have neither.”

Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “I must study war and politics so that my children shall be free to study commerce, agriculture and other practicalities, so that their children can study painting, poetry and other fine things.”

I must study war and politics so that my children shall be free to study commerce, agriculture and other practicalities, so that their children can study painting, poetry and other fine things.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “To believe all men honest is folly. To believe none is something worse.”

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

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!”

We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation.”

The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “We have no Constitution which functions in the absence of a moral people.”

We have no Constitution which functions in the absence of a moral people.

— John Adams



John Adams Quote: “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “I am a revolutionary, so my son can be a farmer, so his son can be a poet.”

I am a revolutionary, so my son can be a farmer, so his son can be a poet.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist.”

Property must be secured, or liberty cannot exist.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “There are only two creatures of value on the face of the earth: those with the commitment, and those who require the commitment of others.”

There are only two creatures of value on the face of the earth: those with the commitment, and those who require the commitment of others.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots.”

Mankind will in time discover that unbridled majorities are as tyrannical and cruel as unlimited despots.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “I had heard my father say that he never knew a piece of land run away or break.”

I had heard my father say that he never knew a piece of land run away or break.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.”

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.”

Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “There is no greater guilt than the unneccessary war.”

There is no greater guilt than the unneccessary war.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.”

People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “We cannot insure success, but we can deserve it.”

We cannot insure success, but we can deserve it.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Thanks to God that he gave me stubborness when I know I am right.”

Thanks to God that he gave me stubborness when I know I am right.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.”

Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “It’s of more importance to community that innocence should be protected than it is that guilt should be punished.”

It’s of more importance to community that innocence should be protected than it is that guilt should be punished.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “We are in the the very midst of a revolution, the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations.”

We are in the the very midst of a revolution, the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. What a Utopia! What a paradise this region would be.”

Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. What a Utopia! What a paradise this region would be.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”

If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Ambition is one of the ungovernable passions of the human heart. The love of power is insatiable and uncontrollable.”

Ambition is one of the ungovernable passions of the human heart. The love of power is insatiable and uncontrollable.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Power must never be trusted without a check.”

Power must never be trusted without a check.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Property monopolized or in the possession of a few is a curse to mankind.”

Property monopolized or in the possession of a few is a curse to mankind.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1,500 years?”

Have you considered that system of holy lies and pious frauds that has raged and triumphed for 1,500 years?

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “I am determined to control events, not be controlled by them.”

I am determined to control events, not be controlled by them.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “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.”

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


John Adams Quote: “I would define liberty to be a power to do as we would be done by. The definition of liberty to be the power of doing whatever the law permits, meaning the civil laws, does not seem satisfactory.”

I would define liberty to be a power to do as we would be done by. The definition of liberty to be the power of doing whatever the law permits, meaning the civil laws, does not seem satisfactory.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “The ten commandments and the sermon on the mount contain my religion.”

The ten commandments and the sermon on the mount contain my religion.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.”

Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest. Like a Coach and six-the swiftest Horses must be slackened and the slowest quickened, that all may keep an even Pace.”

But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest. Like a Coach and six-the swiftest Horses must be slackened and the slowest quickened, that all may keep an even Pace.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “When legislature is corrupted, the people are undone.”

When legislature is corrupted, the people are undone.

— John Adams


John Adams Quote: “The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.”

The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity.

— John Adams

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