Tag Archives: John Adams

First Principles: We Should Do All We Can To Elevate Our Children’s Minds and Character

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and … Continue reading

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First Principles: We Are Intended To A Nation Ruled By Law and Not Men

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.” – John Adams      

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First Principles: National Defense Is A Cardinal Duty of Every Statesman

“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” – John Adams (1815)        

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First Principles: Love of Truth and Veneration of Virtue Are the Sparks of Discernment of Right and Wrong and True and False

“A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the ‘latent spark’… If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what … Continue reading

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First Principles: May Only the Honest and Wise Ever Be President

“May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.” – John Adams, 2nd US President, and the first one to live in the White House (30 Oct 1735-1826) Now, there’s a prayer for the ages if ever … Continue reading

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First Principles: Democracy Soon Degenerates Into the Depths of Such Anarchy That All Moral Virtue Is Extinguished

“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these … Continue reading

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First Principles: Inclinations and Passions Must Yield to Evidentiary Facts

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” – John Adams (1770)      

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First Principles: Religion and Virtue Are the Foundation of Free Government and Human Society

“Religion and Virtue are the only Foundations, not only of Republicanism and of all free Government, but of Social Felicity under all Governments and in all the Combinations of human Society.” – John Adams (1811)    

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First Principles: National Defense Is A Cardinal Duty

“National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman.” – John Adams, 1815    

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First Principles: A Judge, Particularly A Supreme Court Justice, Should Be of Particular Merit, Character and Ability

“Judges, therefore, should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or … Continue reading

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