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John Adams

Datum narození: 30. říjen 1735
Datum úmrtí: 4. červenec 1826

John Adams byl americký politik a diplomat působící v Evropě v letech 1778–1788, první viceprezident a druhý prezident USA. Byl ženatý s Abigail Adamsovou, jeho syn byl pozdější 6. prezident John Quincy Adams.

„Důstojnost pro člověka je tolik, co pro rybu voda.“

„Přítel, jenž dosáhl moci, je ztracený přítel.“

„Skutečně není pravda, že by někdy existoval člověk, který by kladl zájem veřejnosti nad svůj vlastní.“

„Viceprezidentství je ten nejbezvýznamnější úřad, který kdy byl vynalezen.“

„Nejblahodárnější dietou je cibulo-česnečná. Během týdne přijdete o pět kilogramů a bezpočet přátel.“

„Vzdává nejvyšší důstojnost památce Leona a Marilyn Klinghofferových a tvrdě odsuzuje brutální vraždu Leona. V žádném případě netoleruje ani nepodporuje násilí, terorismus nebo antisemitismus.“ o opeře Smrt Klinghoffera

„The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.“ Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

„Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.“ The Works Of John Adams, Second President Of The United States

„I read my eyes out and can't read half enough... the more one reads the more one sees we have to read.“ Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

„Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.“ The Portable John Adams

„It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished.

But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, 'whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,' and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.“
The Portable John Adams

„A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.“ Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

„While our country remains untainted with the principles and manners which are now producing desolation in so many parts of the world; while she continues sincere, and incapable of insidious and impious policy, we shall have the strongest reason to rejoice our local destination. But should the people of America once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world.“ Thoughts On Government Applicable To The Present State Of The American Colonies.: Philadelphia, Printed By John Dunlap, M,Dcc,Lxxxvi

„As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Mohammedan] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Thoughts On Government Applicable To The Present State Of The American Colonies.: Philadelphia, Printed By John Dunlap, M,Dcc,Lxxxvi

„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.“ Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

„The longer I live, the more I read, the more patiently I think, and the more anxiously I inquire, the less I seem to know... Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough.“ The Letters of John and Abigail Adams

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