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John Adams on Government

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”

— John Adams, Notes for an Oration at Braintree (1772)


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February 14, 2009 · 10:04 am

Thomas Jefferson on Past and Future

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

— Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, 1 August 1816

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July 6, 2007 · 1:27 pm

John Adams on Democracy

“Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.”

— John Adams in a letter to John Taylor, 15 April 1814

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June 27, 2007 · 5:35 pm