Born: October 30, 1735
Birthplace: Braintree Massachusetts Bay (Quincy), British America
Died: July 4, 1826
Occupation: Head of State
Profile: The second President of the United States (1797-1801). Father of President John Quincy Adams.
Number of Quotes: 17
A government of laws, and not of men.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
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.
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
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.
Thomas Jefferson still survives.