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John Adams Quotes


"Bill Clinton outshines John Adams in that regard." - Nat Hentoff

"When he is wounded, I bleed. {page 262 of John Adams}" - Abigail Adams

"The economic answer to the world's problems is John Adams, not [Karl] Marx." - John Ringo

"[John] Adams never hid his jealousy and resentment of the other Founders, especially Benjamin Franklin." - Gordon S. Wood

"If not for John Adams leading a revolution against Great Britain...This would be the BAFTAs." - Tom Hanks

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

"I know that John Adams has had a very hard time directing French ensembles." - Gavin Bryars

"All that I am my mother made me. - John Quincy Adams. Children and mothers never truly part..." - Charlotte Gray

"By 1782 [John Adams] had come to feel for [Benjamin] Franklin "no other sentiments than Contempt or Abhorrence."" - Gordon S. Wood

"As John Adams said, all democracies will eventually self-destruct. We seem to be doing it very quickly." - Rosanne Cash

"Do not shout at me, Mr. Quill," said John [Adams]. "Justice may be blind, but she is not deaf." - Orson Scott Card

"There are plenty of Minutemen. People willing to be Minutemen. Where are the people that want to be George Washington? Where are the Benjamin Franklins? Where is Sam Adams? Where is John Adams?" - Beck

"[John] Adams was the best and most colorful stylist among the Founders. Although [Tomas] Jefferson is widely regarded as the smoothest writer, Adams is by far the most engaging and imaginative." - Gordon S. Wood

"[John Adams] is impressed with [Tomas] Jefferson's learning, but noted his silence during the debates in the Congress: "I never heard him utter three Sentences together."" - Gordon S. Wood

"[Benjamin] Franklin may be a great philosopher, [John Adams] told his diary in 1779, but "as a Legislator in America he has done very little."" - Gordon S. Wood

"I think [John] Adams was correct when he said that his May resolutions were "an Epocha, a decisive Event," and tantamount to a declaration of independence." - Gordon S. Wood

"Americans, [John Adams] wrote in 1780, believed that their "revolution is as much for the benefit of the generality of Mankind in Europe, as for their own."" - Gordon S. Wood

"[John Adams' writings] had indicted the United States for slavishly copying the English constitution by erecting bicameral legislatures in their state constitutions, most drafted in 1776." - Gordon S. Wood

"The relationship between [John] Adams and [Tomas] Jefferson was extraordinary. They differed on every conceivable issue, except on the Revolution and the love of their country." - Gordon S. Wood

"After [Tomas] Jefferson's defeat of [John] Adams in the presidential election of 1800, they didn't communicate with one another for more than a decade." - Gordon S. Wood

"I desire no other inscription over my gravestone than: 'Here lies John Adams, who took upon himself the responsibility of peace with France in the year 1800'." - John Adams

"Every White House has had its intellectuals, but very few presidents have been intellectuals themselves - Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Woodrow Wilson, the list more or less stops there." - Jonathan Raban

"John Quincy Adams most certainly was a part of the Revolutionary War era. He was a young boy, but he was actively involved." - Michele Bachmann

"John Keats / John Keats / John / Please put your scarf on." - J D Salinger

"John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were political enemies, but they became fast friends. And when they passed away on the same day, the last words of one of them was, The country is safe. Jefferson still lives. And the last words of the other was, John Adams will see that things go forward." - Harry S Truman

"Godspeed, John Glenn." - Scott Carpenter

"Listen John-' 'Who's John?' 'You're John.' 'I'm John?' 'Yeah, I changed your name." - Dave Eggers

"John Hughes loved improvisers." - Edie Mcclurg

"John Adams, second president of the United States, wrote that our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.... George Washington warned us never to indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion." - Joe Lieberman

"I've had the philosophy that John Adams expressed, in the kind of system that we're trying to create in this country: that this is a system for moral people. It will work for no other." - Charles Koch

"John Adams was a farmer, Abraham Lincoln a small town lawyer. Plato and Socrates were teachers. Jesus was a carpenter. To equate wisdom and judgement with occupation is at best insulting." - Mark Sheppard

"[John Adams] diary, of course, is even more revealing of his feelings. Both his letters to [his wife] Abigail and his diary tell us what he really thinks about people and events." - Gordon S. Wood

"[John Adams] always felt that his contribution to bringing about independence went unappreciated, especially after the 1790s when [Tomas] Jefferson began to be lauded as the "author" of the Declaration of Independence." - Gordon S. Wood

"[John] Adams never had an optimistic view of human nature, and his experience in the Congress and abroad only deepened his suspicion that his fellow Americans might not have the character to sustain a republican government." - Gordon S. Wood

"By the time [John Adams] came to write his Defence of the Constitutions of the United States in 1787 he had as dark a view of the American character as that of any critic in our history." - Gordon S. Wood

"[John Adams] experience with the French philosophers only convinced him further of the need for a bicameral legislature representing the two principal social orders and, equally important, an independent executive." - Gordon S. Wood

"[John] Adams was arguing that a separate social order existed that needed to be embodied in senates and his fellow Americans could not accept this and accused him rightly of being obsessed with the English constitution." - Gordon S. Wood

"[ Massachusetts constitution] was [John Adams] attempt to justify that structure by the traditional notion of social estates - that the executive represented the monarchical estate, the senate the aristocratic estate, and the house of representatives the estate of the people." - Gordon S. Wood

"My - mine is based on the fact that Bill Clinton has done - and I'm - this sounds like hyperbole, but he has done more harm to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights than any president since John Adams." - Nat Hentoff

"Remember what John Adams said about Ben Franklin, He does not hesitate at our boldest Measures but rather seems to think us too irresolute. Well, this is the time for bold measures." - Bono

"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." - David Mccullough

"Hyperbole has been part of elections since the days of John Adams, and there's nobody better than Joe Biden to give us a little hyperbole, as we all know." - Stephen Pagliuca

"I knew my mother was - well, her ancestry dated back to John Quincy Adams, so she was totally not Latina. She was definitely whatever you call it - white bread, shall we say?" - Raquel Welch

"You gotta be think'n Sam Adams, not drink'n Sam Adams" - Sarah Palin

"John Wayne never wore Lycra." - Ron Kauk

"God, I love John Cassavetes." - Angela Sarafyan

"I just shot John Lennon." - Mark David Chapman

"John Muir, Earth-planet, Universe." - John Muir

"I can't stand John McCain." - Harry Reid

"[Adams] supposed that, except musicians, everyone thought Beethoven a bore, as every one except mathematicians thought mathematics a bore." - Henry Adams

"I prefer the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." - Orson Welles

"[John] Adams identified himself with the political theories of [James] Harrington, [John] Locke, and [Charles-Louis] Montesquieu, whose ideas of constitutionalism, he believed, were applicable to all peoples everywhere; they were his contribution to what he called "the divine science of politics."" - Gordon S. Wood

"I saw Ben Stiller's movie Walter Mitty [2013]; it's very beautiful. You look at some of the movies John Ford did with John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, and then look at Remington and Ansel Adams, and I think you see a connection, certainly in the imagery of the West." - Owen Wilson

"Rather than ennobling the public mind and cementing the social fabric, applied science speedily became the chief weapon of a gross individualism, which was anathema to the frugal and righteous (John Quincy) Adams, the source of enormous fortunes divorced from duty, the instrument of unscrupulous ambition and rapacious materialism. Presently, it came to scar the very of the country which Adams loved, a disfiguring process uninterrupted since his day." - Russell Kirk

"I've always wanted to marry Elton John." - Barry Manilow

"I love everything John Carpenters ever done." - D J Cotrona

"The Tanakh says John Lennon is wrong." - Daniel Gordis

"Why can't I beat up John Cena?" - Shawn Michaels

"John McCain has already tapped me" - Sarah Palin

"John McCain was a prisoner of war." - Fred Thompson

"I would love John McCain as president." - Kimberly Guilfoyle

"John Hurt was incredible to work with." - Judd Nelson

"Jeb Bush is the new John Connelly." - Chuck Todd

"London now has its own John Grisham." - Mark Billingham

"And that, said John, is that." - A A Milne

"Beating John Landy was my defining race." - Roger Bannister

"I love everything John Carpenter's ever done." - D J Cotrona

"I only have one idol: John Lennon." - Michael Hirst

"But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. ... I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly - men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country." - Michele Bachmann

"Hanks is a good man, and he produced the "John Adams" series as well. He does good work. But I'm more worried about a Tom Hanks when we're at war against radical Islam than I am against a caricature like Sean Penn. He's a completely marginalized soul." - Bill O'Reilly

"John Adams and Thomas Jefferson corresponded for 13 years before they died on the same day. They asked, "How can one have prosperity without commerce? How can one have commerce without luxury? How can one have luxury without corruption? How can you have corruption without the end of the Republic?" And they really didn't know the answer." - Pete Seeger

"I want to collect more records from terrorists, but less records from innocent Americans. The Fourth Amendment was what we fought the Revolution over! John Adams said it was the spark that led to our war for independence, and I'm proud of standing for the Bill of Rights, and I will continue to stand for the Bill of Rights." - Rand Paul

"Every answer he [President John Adams] gives to his addressers unmasks more and more his principles and views. His language to the young men at Philadelphia is the most abominable and degrading that could fall from the lips of the first magistrate of an independent people, and particularly from a Revolutionary patriot." - James Madison

"The ideal to which John Adams subscribed-that we would be a nation of laws, not of men-was quickly subverted when the churches forced upon everyone, through supposedly neutral and just laws, their innumerable taboos on sex, alcohol, gambling. We are now indeed a nation of laws, mostly bad and certainly antihuman." - Gore Vidal

"American history offers no parallel to the friendship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, spanning the first half century of the Republic. . . . The publication, in full and integrated form, of the remarkable correspondence between these two eminent men is a notable event." - Dumas Malone

"Upon my return from the army to Baltimore in the winter of 1777, I sat next to John Adams in Congress, and upon my whispering to him and asking him if he thought we should succeed in our struggle with Great Britain, he answered me, "Yes-if we fear God and repent of our sins."" - Benjamin Rush

"[John Adams's] vividly descriptive prose is supremely quotable. Adams wears his heart on his sleeve and reveals all of his ambitions, doubts, and insecurities, especially in his diary, which is one of the greatest and most readable in all of American literature." - Gordon S. Wood

"I think [John Adams] developed a much deeper suspicion of France and the other European powers than he had earlier. He lost much if not all of the utopian thinking about international politics and diplomacy expressed in his Model Treaty of 1776 and became much more cynical about the world." - Gordon S. Wood

"[John] Adams's perception of Europe, and especially France, was clearly different than [Tomas] Jefferson's. For Jefferson, the luxury and sophistication of Europe only made American simplicity and virtue appear dearer. For Adams, by contrast, Europe represented what America was fast becoming - a society consumed by luxury and vice and fundamentally riven by a struggle between rich and poor, gentlemen and commoners." - Gordon S. Wood

"[John] Adams said his objective in writing his Defence of the Constitutions of the United States and his Davila essays was to counter what he thought was the unfair criticism of the American state constitutions made by the French philosophers, especially [Anne Robert Jacques] Turgot." - Gordon S. Wood

"Creating senates, the French critics said, implied that there was another social order besides the people represented in the houses of representatives. [John] Adams actually agreed with that implication and argued that the aristocracy and the people had to have separate houses; this was the only way the power of the aristocracy could be contained." - Gordon S. Wood

"A mutual friend, Benjamin Rush, brought [Tomas Jefferson and John Adams] together in 1812, and they went on to exchange letters for the rest of their lives. But in their correspondence they tended to avoid the most controversial issues, such as slavery." - Gordon S. Wood

"Deeply versed in history, [John Adams] said over and over that America had no special providence, no special role in history, that Americans were no different from other peoples, that the United States was just as susceptible to viciousness and corruption as any other nation. In this regard, at least, Jefferson's vision has clearly won the day." - Gordon S. Wood

"When John Adams - when - James Madison was writing - pretty much writing the Constitution, he got a letter from Thomas Jefferson, who was then-ambassador to France. And Jefferson said - I am paraphrasing - `Do not forget to keep habeas corpus and strengthen it.' That - in - that's the oldest English-speaking right. It goes back to the Magna Carta in 1215." - Nat Hentoff

"My first day on the set of 'John Adams', I was just supposed to fly to Virginia for a costume fitting. But the director figured, why not shoot it, too? So they threw me into a dress that didn't fit, gave me lines I hadn't seen, in a dialect I didn't know, and two screaming, arching infants." - Mamie Gummer

"John Quincy Adams ranks with Jimmy Carter on the roster of ex-presidential redemption. Instead of completing a biography of his father, he let himself be elected to the House, where he spent nine terms in Whiggish opposition to the Democrats, supporting a national bank and a protective tariff and internal improvements." - Thomas Mallon

"Look, in 1800 the sainted Thomas Jefferson arranged to hire a notorious slanderer named James Callender, who worked as a writer at a Republican newspaper in Richmond, Va. Read some of what he wrote about John Adams. This was a personal slander." - Karl Rove

"At noon, on the Fourth of July, 1826, while the Liberty Bell was again sounding its old message to the people of Philadelphia, the soul of Thomas Jefferson passed on; and a few hours later John Adams entered into rest, with the name of his old friend upon his lips." - Allen Johnson

"My favorite Founding Fathers, Christians like John Adams, were absolutely appalled by slavery, and did not own slaves. I think we're going to have to call on God's grace not only for slavery, but for what we're doing now with abortions." - Ann Coulter

"Grizzly Adams did have a beard" - Lee Trevino

"Don't pick up hitchhikers!"- D. Adams" - Robert Asprin

"There's not enough Mason Adams jokes." - Gina Barberi

"It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it." - Barack Obama

"John McCain and I, and our camps, are working together to get John McCain elected." - Sarah Palin

"John, what are you doing? John, my diet soda. What are you doing?" - CM Punk

"John Ashcroft is not a patriot, John Ashcroft is a descendant of Joseph McCarthy." - Howard Dean

"I love all the movies by director John Hughes. I also love John Landis's movies." - Robert Coppola Schwartzma

"Most of the fans of John Lennon and maybe John and Yoko are younger than me." - Yoko Ono

"I adore John Mayer. I don't see how anything that surrounds John could be negative." - Jessica Simpson

"Robert Mitchum sounded different from John Wayne, and John Wayne sounded different from Clark Gable." - Billy West

"When I first joined SAG, there was another John Reilly. My dad was John Reilly, too, but growing up I was John John. Nobody in life calls me John C. It's more like, 'Hey you, Step Brother!'" - John C Reilly

"Since natural law was thought to be accessible to the ordinary man, the theory invited each juror to inquire for himself whether a particular rule of law was consonant with principles of higher law. This view is reflected in John Adams' statement that it would be an 'absurdity' for jurors to be required to accept the judge's view of the law, 'against their own opinion, judgment, and conscience.'" - John Adams

"Do you know what causes low voter turnout in America? It's the result of having the fate of our nation at stake. This began with the bitter presidential election of 1828, which pitted the education, cultivation, and puritan constraint of John Quincy Adams against the yahoo populism of Andrew Jackson, thereby deciding permanently whether America would become a shining city upon a hill or an overlighted strip mall along a highway." - Ozzy Osbourne

"That this gentleman [President John Adams] ought not to be the object of the federal wish, is, with me, reduced to demonstration. His administration has already very materially disgraced and sunk the government. There are defects in his character which must inevitably continue to do this more and more. And if he is supported by the federal party, his party must in the issue fall with him." - Alexander Hamilton

"[John Adams] letters courting Abigail Smith are especially priceless. In one of 1764 he addresses her as "Miss Adorable" and says that "By the same Token that the Bearer hereof satt up with you last night I hereby order you to give him, as many Kisses, and as many Hours of your Company after 9 O'Clock as he shall please to Demand and charge them to my Account."" - Gordon S. Wood

"As early as 1776, [John Adams] expressed his doubts about America's capacity for virtue. "I have seen all along my Life, Such Selfishness, and Littleness even in New England, that I sometimes tremble to think that, altho We are engaged in the best Cause that ever employed the Human Heart, yet the Prospect of success is doubtfull not for Want of Power or of Wisdom, but of Virtue."" - Gordon S. Wood

"This rationale, which justified the mixed constitution of Great Britain, might have made some sense in 1776, but by 1787 most American thinkers had come to believe that all parts of their balanced governments represented in one way or another the sovereign people. They had left the Aristotelian idea of mixed estates - monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy - way behind. [John] Adams had not, and his stubbornness on this point caused him no end of trouble." - Gordon S. Wood

"[John Adams and Tomas Jefferson] shared experience in 1775 - 1776 in bringing about the separation from Britain and their service in Europe cemented a friendship that in the end withstood the most serious political and religious differences that one could imagine, especially their differences over the French Revolution. It was probably Jefferson's obsession with politeness and civility that kept the relationship from becoming irreparably broken." - Gordon S. Wood

"So what's the difference between republican and democratic forms of government? John Adams captured the essence of the difference when he said, 'You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe.' Nothing in our Constitution suggests that government is a grantor of rights. Instead, government is a protector of rights." - Walter E. Williams

"I've chosen not to challenge the rule of law, because in our system there really is no intermediate step between a Supreme Court decision and violent revolution. When the Supreme Court makes a decision, no matter how strongly one disagrees with it, one faces a choice are we, in John Adams' phrase, a nation of laws, or is it a contest made on raw power?" - Al Gore

"To John I owed great obligation: But John unhandsomely thought fit To publish it to all the nation; Sure John and I are more than quit." - Matthew Prior

"[When asked which film directors he most admired:] I like the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." - Orson Welles

"John Cryan and I worked together at UBS, and I think John is one smart, hardworking individual, and I wouldn't bet against John. I wish him well." - Ken Moelis

"To John I owed great obligation; But John, unhappily, thought fit To publish it to all the nation: Sure John and I are more than quit." - Matthew Prior

"He helped John Cusak get his girlfriend back." - Chris Martin

"My daddy, he was somewhere between God and John Wayne." - Hank Williams, Jr.

"John you are not being open with me" - Elizabeth Proctor

"If you cut him, (John Bunyan) he'd bleed Scripture!" - Charles Spurgeon

"What TV was to John Kennedy, Facebook is to Obama." - Daniel Lyons

"Little Willie John is the soul singer's soul singer." - Marvin Gaye

"John Floridis was very inspiring. He plays so well." - Shawn Colvin

"Alastair Moock is the second coming of John Prine." - Ellis Paul

"John Kerry is a sphincter. Okay, that's a bit juvenile." - Jonah Goldberg

"John Terry wears his shirt on his sleeve" - Ray Parlour

"John Cross is feeling very boyish about Arsenal's chances" - Alan Brazil

"John Wayne was a consummate gentleman. Bigger than life." - Jennifer O'Neill

"John Brooke is acting dreadfully, and Meg likes it!" - Louisa May Alcott

"[John] Belushi was an extreme experience even by my standards." - Keith Richards

"Three more saves and he ties John the Baptist." - Hank Greenwald

"I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty," - John F Kerry

"God - the John Doe of philosophy and religion." - Elbert Hubbard

"I've met Nicole Kidman, Elton John, loads of people." - Allen Carr

"John McCain has not spoken about my Muslim faith." - Barack Obama

"My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever" - Irwin Shaw

"It's headed away by John Clark, using his head." - Derek Rae

"John McEnroe has hair like badly turned broccoli." - Clive James

"John Lee Hooker is the funkiest man alive" - Miles Davis

"John [Kricfalusi] is so arrogant. He thinks he's me!" - Ralph Bakshi

"John McDonnell is the Bear Bryant of track and field." - Frank Broyles

"Danger could be my middle name... But it's John." - Eddie Izzard

"There is nothing strange, creepy, or inappropriate about John Travolta ." - Scarlett Johansson

"I once was the walrus, now I'm John." - John Lennon

"Imagine? Yeah I can imagine John Lennon being dead." - Thom Yorke

"What did [Donald] Trump say about John McCain?" - Eric Bolling

"Reading [John] Calvin is a breath of fresh air." - Oliver D. Crisp

"John Lewis is an icon in our society." - Al Sharpton

"Elton John said to me, "I have all the negatives."" - Jon Bon Jovi

"John Pelham; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)." - James Ryder Randall

"To win the game you must kill me, John Romero!" - John Romero

"There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford." - John Bradford



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