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I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
John Adams
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
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Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
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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.
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Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
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The happiness of society is the end of government.
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Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
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My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
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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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Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
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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.
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Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
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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.
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Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
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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.
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Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
John Adams
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