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John Adams

John Adams was an American politician and the 2nd President of the United States. Not only was he the second President, he was also the first Vice President of the USA, serving under George Washington. He also served at the Continental Congress for Massachusetts and Massachusetts Bay. However, his re-election bid was shot down when his own Vice President beat him out. Read some of President John Adam's famous quotes below.


You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.
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 is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.
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.
Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
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.
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.
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.
Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
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.