Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Remarkable Man


John Adams, the second president of the United States and perhaps the single greatest mind behind the idea of freedom for the states, is truly one of my favorite historical studies. Sadly enough there is not a single monument in Washington D.C. to this man for his great personal sacrifice, and contribution to the independence of our country. He was a man of incredible foresight, and vision. Far from disappointed would be anyone who undertakes the study of this great American. The quotes below are from John Adams Web, a wonderful site devoted to President Adams and well worth the visit, check it out !

I hope you will find the following quotes of Mr. Adams inspiring and thought provoking.

* The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore.
o Letter to Abigail Adams (July 3, 1776)



* A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
o Letter to Abigail Adams (July 17, 1775


* I agree with you that in politics the middle way is none at all.
o Letter to Horatio Gates (March 23, 1776)


* Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, "that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States."
o Letter to Abigail Adams (July 3, 1776)


* Virtue is not always amiable.
o Diary (February 9, 1779)


* 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.


* Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.


* 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.


* My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
o On the Vice-Presidency


* Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.


* The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.


* The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.





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