John Adams

President of the USA (2nd)

Lived from: 1735-1826

Quotes: John Adams

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    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
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    Fear is the foundation of most government.
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    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.
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    Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
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    Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
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    Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
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    Facts are stubborn things.

    Source: In een rechtzaal, 4 december 1770

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    Facts are stubborn things; and what ever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they can not alter the state of facts, and evidence.
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    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.
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    Fear is the foundation of most governments.

    Source: Thoughts on Government, Apr. 1776

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    Genius is sorrow's child.
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    Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.

    Source: Letter to Abigail Adams, 19-05-1794

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