John Adams Quotes

Who is John Adams?

John Adams was the second President of the United States of America and one of its founding fathers. Together with First Lady Abigail Adams, John fathered President John Quincy Adams.

Born October 30, 1735
Died July 04, 1826

Best 13 Quotes by John Adams

“Always stand on principle even if you stand alone.”

“Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.”

“Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

“One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress.”

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

“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.”

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

“Those who trade liberty for security have neither.”

“To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.”

“When economic power became concentrated in a few hands, then political power flowed to those possessors and away from the citizens, ultimately resulting in an oligarchy or tyranny.”

Letter from John Adams to John Taylor Quotes

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

Letter from John Adams to John Taylor

The Adams-Jefferson Letters Quotes

“Power must never be trusted without a check.”

The Adams-Jefferson Letters

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams Quotes

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

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