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If I had refused to institute a negotiation or had not persevered in it I would have been degraded in my own estimation as a man of honor.

If I had refused to institute a negotiation or had not persevered in it I would have been degraded in my own estimation as a man of honor.


         
Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.

Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.


         
Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives. - John Adams

Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives. - John Adams


         
Swim or sink live or die survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.

Swim or sink live or die survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.


         
The reason is, because it’s of more importance to community, that innocence should be protected, than it is, that guilt should be punished.

The reason is, because it’s of more importance to community, that innocence should be protected, than it is, that guilt should be punished.


         
My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.


         
You've got to marinate your head, in that time and culture.You've got to become them."(Speaking about researching, and reading, and immersing yourself in History)

You've got to marinate your head, in that time and culture.You've got to become them."(Speaking about researching, and reading, and immersing yourself in History)


         
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.

Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.


         
When a friend of Abigail and John Adams was killed at Bunker Hill, Abigail's response was to write a letter to her husband and include these words, "My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.

When a friend of Abigail and John Adams was killed at Bunker Hill, Abigail's response was to write a letter to her husband and include these words, "My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.


         
Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.

Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.


         
A government of laws, and not of men.

A government of laws, and not of men.


         
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.


         
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.


         
Had I been chosen president again I am certain I could not have lived another year.

Had I been chosen president again I am certain I could not have lived another year.


         
The four most miserable years of my life . . .

The four most miserable years of my life . . .


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

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


         
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.


         
In esse I am nothing in posse I am everything.

In esse I am nothing in posse I am everything.


         
player: Can I reach it with a five iron? caddie: Eventually.

player: Can I reach it with a five iron? caddie: Eventually.


         
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.