"The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations."
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."John Adams on Frederick Douglass
"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."John Adams on Anais Nin
"Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance."John Adams on Oscar Wilde
"Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?"John Adams on Confucius
"Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men."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."