John Adams (October 30, 1735 (O.S. October 19, 1735) - July 4, 1826) was the second President of the United States (1797-1801), having earlier served as the first Vice President of the United States. An American Founding Father, he was a statesman, diplomat, and a leader of American independence from Great Britain. Well educated, he was an Enlightenment political theorist who promoted republicanism. - Wikipedia
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
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.
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.
It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence.
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 was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
We're in a war, dammit! We're going to have to offend somebody!
You are apprehensive of monarchy; I, of aristocracy. I would therefore have given more power to the President and less to the Senate.
There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, And the other how to live.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.
Had I been chosen President again, I am certain I could not have lived another year.
Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than the means.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend.
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.