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John Adams

Author: John Adams Country: United States
Birth Date: 1735-10-30 Death Date: 1826-07-04
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"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. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it."

Source: A letter to Abigail Adams; Philadelphia, Saturday evening, 26 April, 1777
Topic: Liberty Quotes
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"I have lived in this old and frail tenement a great many years; it is very much dilapidated; and, from all that I can learn, my landlord doesn't intend to repair it."

Source: A letter to Daniel Webster, around the 1820's
Topic: Age Quotes
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"Ambition is the subtlest Beast of the Intellectual and Moral Field. It is wonderfully adroit in concealing itself from its owner."

Source: A letter to John Quincy Adams, January 3,1794
Topic: Ambition Quotes
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"The Science of Government it is my Duty to study, more than all other Sciences: the Art of Legislation and Administration and Negotiation, ought to take Place, indeed to exclude in a manner all other Arts. I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine."

Source: A letter to Abigail Adams, May 12, 1780 (original spelling)
Topic: Arts Quotes
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"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

Source: A letter written to the officers of the first brigade of the third division of the militia of Massachusetts, 11 October, 1798
Topic: Constitution Quotes
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"Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite society, I mean hell. So far from believing in the total and universal depravity of human nature, I believe there is no individual totally depraved. The most abandoned scoundrel that ever existed, never yet wholly extinguished his conscience, and while conscience remains there is some religion."

Source: Letter to Thomas Jefferson, April 19, 1817 (From Quincy MA)
Topic: Religion Quotes
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"Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay, their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society."

Source: Letter to Mercy Warren, April 16, 1776
Topic: Liberty Quotes
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