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Samuel Adams
Rebel - Statesman - Founding Father • USA • 1722 - 1803

Samuel Adams (September 27 1722 - October 2, 1803) was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a politician in colonial Massachusetts, Adams was a leader of the movement that became the American Revolution, and was one of the architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped the political culture of the United States. He was a second cousin to President John Adams. Additonal Reading

Liberty Quotes by: Samuel Adams

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• How strangely will the Tools of the Tyrant pervert the Plain Meaning of Words. • comment

• It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. • comment

• Now what liberty can there be where property is taken without consent? • comment

• The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the U.S. from keeping their own arms. • comment

• 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. • comment

• The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom and defended it as they ought. • comment

• The Utopian schemes of re-distribution of the wealth...are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the Crown. • comment

• 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. • comment

• 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. • comment

• 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. • comment

• If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen. • comment

• Driven from every other corner of the earth, freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in the matters of conscience direct their course to this happy country as the last asylum. • comment

• 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. • comment

• Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. • comment

• No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. 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. • comment

• The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men. • comment


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