If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind, whom should we serve?
"John Adams" was the List of Presidents of the United States/second president of the United States (1797–1801), having earlier served as the List of Vice Presidents of the United States/first vice president of the United States (1789-1797). An American Founding Fathers of the United States/Founding Father, Adams was a statesman, diplomat, and a leading advocate of American independence from Kingdom of Great Britain/Great Britain. Well educated, he was an Age of Enlightenment/Enlightenment political theorist who promoted Republicanism in the United States/republicanism, as well as a strong central government, and wrote prolifically about his often seminal ideas—both in published works and in letters to his wife and key adviser Abigail Adams. Adams was opposed to slavery, and never owned a slave. After the Boston Massacre, with anti-British feelings in Boston at a boiling point, he provided a principled, controversial, and successful legal defense of the accused British soldiers, because he believed in the right to counsel and the "protect[ion] of innocence".If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous presidents! More John Adams on Wikipedia.
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.
You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.
Grief drives men into habits of serious reflection, sharpens the understanding, and softens the heart.
The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.
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.
Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and a religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
...a revolution of government is the strongest proof that can be given by a people of their virtue and good sense.
Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.
Jefferson still survivies.
No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it.
This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.
The proposition that the people are the best keepers of their own liberties is not true. They are the worst conceivable, they are no keepers at all; they can neither judge, act, think, or will, as a political body.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
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.
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.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
That the desires of the majority of the people are often for injustice and inhumanity against the minority, is demonstrated by every page of the history of the whole world.
Statesmen may plan and speculate for liberty but it is religion and morality alone that can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.
The government of the United States is not in any sense founded upon the Christian religion.
Thomas Jefferson still lives.
Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.