"Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."John Adams on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."John Adams on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."John Adams on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."John Adams on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."John Adams on Winston Churchill
"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."
"Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people."
"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."