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John Adams (1735 - 1826)

  • A government of laws, and not of men.
- Novanglus, 1775 (Adams credited the phrase to the seventeenth-century writer James Harrington. It was used in 1780 in the Massachusetts Constitution.)
  • Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service, when it is violating all His laws.
- letter to Thomas Jefferson, quoted by James Reston
  • My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office (the vice-presidency) that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
- letter to Abigail Adams, December 19, 1793
  • Virtue is not always amiable.
- Diary, February 9, 1779
  • The happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue.
- Thoughts on Government

Michel Guillaume Jean De Crevecoeur


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