"Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."John Adams on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."John Adams on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."John Adams on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."John Adams on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."John Adams on Booker T. Washington
"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."