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John Adams Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Politics

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

 

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

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

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

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Fear is the foundation of most governments.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
- 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

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

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

The happiness of society is the end of government.
- 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

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

A government of laws, and not of men.
- 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

Genius is sorrow's child.
- John Adams

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

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

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

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

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

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

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
- Martin L. Gross

Politics have no relation to morals.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
- Ralph Nader

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in
politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth
is rarely a politician's objective.
Election and power are.
- Cal Thomas

In politics nothing is contemptible.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot
of money even to be defeated.
- Will Rogers

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's
country or the electorate.
I prefer to betray the electorate.
- Charles de Gaulle

Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.
- Mao Tse-Tung

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
- Ambrose Bierce

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Charles de Gaulle

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.
The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
- George MacDonald

Our party is a diverse one, as is my home state of Illinois.
- Dick Durbin

A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks,
mostly sits.
- Woodrow Wilson

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than
half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White

Only government can take perfectly good paper,
cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
- Milton Friedman

If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable.
- Louis D. Brandeis

In most places in the country, voting is looked upon as a right and a duty,
but in Chicago it's a sport.
- Dick Gregory

You better take advantage of the good cigars.
You don't get much else in that job.
- Thomas P. O'Neill

Whenever men take the law into their own hands,
the loser is the law.
And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
- Robert Kennedy

I've been to war, and it's not easy to kill.
It's bloody and messy and totally horrifying,
and the consequences are serious.
- Oliver Stone

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
- Milton Friedman

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President
but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
- Arthur C. Clarke

It is our experience that political leaders do not
always mean the opposite of what they say.
- Abba Eban

The most important political office is that of the private citizen.
- Louis D. Brandeis

The politicians were talking themselves red,
white and blue in the face.
- Clare Boothe Luce


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