"The happiness of society is the end of government."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."John Adams on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."John Adams on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."John Adams on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."John Adams on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."John Adams on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."