president of the United States from 1797 to 1801
John Adams was an American statesman, attorney, diplomat, writer, and Founding Father who served as the second president of the United States from 1797 to 1801. Before his presidency, he was a leader of the American Revolution that achieved independence from Great Britain and during the war, served as a diplomat in Europe. He was twice elected vice president, serving from 1789 to 1797 in a prestigious role with little power. Adams was a dedicated diarist and regularly corresponded with many important contemporaries, including his wife and adviser Abigail Adams as well as his friend and rival Thomas Jefferson.
John Adams Quotes
Old minds are like old horses you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
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.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
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.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
A government of laws, and not of men.
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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