John Adams Quotes (126 quotes)
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
To the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 11 October 1798
“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
Paraphrased from a letter to Abigail Adams, 27 April 1777
“There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”
Letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), The Works of John Adams, vol 9, p.511.
“I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.”
On the White House, in a letter to Abigail Adams (2 November 1800)
“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.”
Argument in Defense of the British Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials (4 December 1770).
Letter to Thomas Jefferson (13 July 1813).
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsJohn Adams
Born: October 30, 1735
Died: July 4, 1826 (aged 90)
Bio: John Adams was the second president of the United States, having earlier served as the first vice president of the United States. An American Founding Father, Adams was a statesman, diplomat, and a leading advocate of American independence from Great Britain.
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