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.
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Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination -- everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.
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As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children
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Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
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A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
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There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
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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.
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Thomas Jefferson -- still surv
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Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
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Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.
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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.
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Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
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Genius is sorrow's child.
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Fear is the foundation of most government.
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Liberty can not be preserved without a general knowledge among the people.
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Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
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Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity.
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In politics the middle way is none at all.
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Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
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The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.
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I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
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If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?
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The happiness of society is the end of government.
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Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
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Adams, John

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