If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.— Samuel Adams
The most thrilling Samuel Adams quotes that are little-known but priceless
It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice.
For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail.
For no People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can they easily be subdued, where Knowledge is diffusd and Virtue preservd . On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own Weight, without the Aid of foreign Invaders.
Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.
What a man has honestly acquired is absolutely his own, which he may freely give, but cannot be taken from him without his consent.
The country shall be independent, and we will be satisfied with nothing short of it.
Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.
Our union is now complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties.
Nil desperandum, -- Never Despair. That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.
Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote.
..that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
It is no dishonor to be in a minority in the cause of liberty and virtue
He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.
All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should.
The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.
The right to freedom is the gift of God Almighty.
...The rights of the Colonists as Christians may be best understood by reading, and carefully studying the institutes of the great Lawgiver and head of the Christian Church: which are to be found clearly written and promuligated in the New Testament.
If we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.
The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.
If taxes are laid upon us without our having a legal representation where they are laid, we are reduced from the character of free subjects to the state of tributary slaves.
Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.
The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.
Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.
What has commonly been called rebellion has more often been nothing but a manly and glorious struggle in opposition to the lawless power of rebellious kings and princes.
Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.
In the midst of these pleasing ideas we should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.
The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance.
It bodes very ill for government when men are exalted to places of high trust through their own solicitations. He only fills a place with dignity who is invited to it by his fellow citizens from the experience they have had of his adequate abilities.
He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all. Our forefathers opened the Bible to all.
I thank God that I have lived to see my country independent and free.
She may long enjoy her independence and freedom if she will. It depends on her virtue.
Driven from every other corner of the earth, freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in matters of conscience direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum.
The name of the Lord (says the Scripture) is a strong tower;
thither the righteous flee and are safe (Proverbs 18:10). Let us secure His favor and He will lead us through the journey of this life and at length receive us to a better.
Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.
He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.
Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.
May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!
Rebellion against a king may be pardoned, or lightly punished, but the man who dares to rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death.
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.
The right to freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.
In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced, and both by precept and example inculcated on mankind.
Shame on the men who can court exemption from present trouble and expense at the price of their own posterity's liberty!
Hence as a private man has a right to say what wages he will give in his private affairs, so has a Community to determine what they will give and grant of their substance for the Administration of public affairs.
It is therefore recommended... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor.
We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient.
He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.
Let no man thirst for good beer.
But there are some persons who wouldpersuade the people never to make use of their constitutional rights.
If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of Almighty God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.
Let us contemplate our forefathers, and posterity, and resolve to maintain the rights bequeathed to us from the former, for the sake of the latter.
A nation of shopkeepers are very seldom so disinterested.
I ... [rely] upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.
[T]he importance of piety and religion;
of industry and frugality; of prudence, economy, regularity and an even government; all . . . are essential to the well-being of a family.