Meaningful & Inspirational Quotes by John Adams

John Adams’s Most Inspirational Quotes

A collection of beautiful and Inspirational Quotes by John Adams, this article we look at John Adams’s most inspiring quotes. Quotes often give context; they can mean different things to different people, here you will find some of the best quotes by John Adams.

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

John Adams
To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.


Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.

John Adams
 Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.


Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

John Adams
 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

Pray how does your asparagus perform?

John Adams
 Pray how does your asparagus perform?


Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.

John Adams
 Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.


As long as Property exists, it will accumulate in Individuals and Families. As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families.

John Adams
 As long as Property exists, it will accumulate in Individuals and Families.  As long as Marriage exists, Knowledge, Property and Influence will accumulate in Families.


I am quite content to come home and go to Farming, be a select Man, and owe no Man any Thing but good Will. There I can get a little health and teach my Boys to be Lawyers.

John Adams
 I am quite content to come home and go to Farming, be a select Man, and owe no Man any Thing but good Will. There I can get a little health and teach my Boys to be Lawyers.


Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.

John Adams
 Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.


They worry one another like mastiffs, scrambling for rank and pay like apes for nuts.

John Adams
 They worry one another like mastiffs, scrambling for rank and pay like apes for nuts.


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.

John Adams
 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.


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.

John Adams
 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.


Riches attract attention, consideration, and congratulations of mankind.

John Adams
 Riches attract attention, consideration, and congratulations of mankind.


The happiness of society is the end of government.

John Adams
 The happiness of society is the end of government.


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

John Adams
 One useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three is a Congress.


Always stand on principle even if you stand alone.

John Adams
 Always stand on principle even if you stand alone.


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

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


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

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


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.

John Adams
 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.


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

John Adams
 But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.


Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

John Adams
 Those who trade liberty for security have neither.


The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.

John Adams
 The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.


Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.

John Adams
 Every problem is an opportunity in disguise.


Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

John Adams
 Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.


Power must never be trusted without a check.

John Adams
 Power must never be trusted without a check.

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