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If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of ...
by John Adams

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

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

In politics the middle way is none at all.
- John Adams

Fear is the foundation of most governments.
- John Adams

 

There are two educations.
One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
- John Adams

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery,
of party, faction, and division of society.
- John Adams

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views
beyond the comprehension of the weak.
- John Adams

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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.
- John Adams

Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining
power in an intellectual agent.
It implies thought and choice and power.
- John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
- John Adams

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

The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show.
Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that...
and all the glory of it.
- John Adams

The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.
- John Adams

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.
- John Adams

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
- John Adams

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant
office that ever the invention of man contrived or
his imagination conceived.
- John Adams

A desire to be observed, considered,
esteemed,
praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one
of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions
discovered in the heart of man.
- John Adams

Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
- John Adams

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

The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity
can no more be doubted than to hang a robber,
or kill a flea.
- John Adams

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.
- John Adams

Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye,
ear and imagination - everything which can charm and
bewitch the simple and ignorant.
I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.
- John Adams

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

There 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

Genius is sorrow's child.
- John Adams

The happiness of society is the end of government.
- John Adams

The fundamental law of the militia is,
that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws,
and ever for the support of the laws.
- John Adams

A government of laws, and not of men.
- John Adams

Power always thinks...
that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
- John Adams

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
- John Adams

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

I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives,
and thereby have consented to my own ruin,
to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children.
I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.
- John Adams

I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder,
as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence,
for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation
of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.
- John Adams

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise,
not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation,
not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the
downright ignorance of the nature of coin,
credit and circulation.
- John Adams

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.
- John Adams

As much as I converse with sages and heroes,
they have very little of my love and admiration.
I long for rural and domestic scene,
for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.
- John Adams

The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation.
If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate,
I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews
to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.
- John Adams

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.
- John Adams

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Not everything that casts a long shadow is to be feared.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

Life is not supposed to be fair.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
- George Eliot

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
- Will Durant (commonly attributed to Aristotle)

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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