John AdamsJohn Adams, (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

John Adams Quote

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”

John AdamsJohn Adams
~ John Adams

Journal, 1772

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

A very astute observation in the obvious, we hold this truth to be self evident. This quote's referencing in the light of the statist theocracy that infests this land brings to mind the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time.

J Carlton, Calgary

The wisdom of the ages...true then...true now.

E Archer, NYC

How have Americans forgotten this basic premise? It is the basis of the Constitution -- that men in power must be kept in check. How has it been turned around that we must trust our politicians and do whatever they say? A federal reformation is WAY past due.

cal, lewisville, tx

Funny he should say that when he and Hamilton stood against Jefferson and wanted to bring all power to DC.

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Anon    4/2/10

Not knowing the context in which he said this, it does seem easy to to be taken out of context(?) in that a freeman exercising his second Amendment right might be considered as a man living with power to endanger the public liberty.



Abigail, CM
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    Abigail, CM    4/3/10

    As we witness what is happening: the tea people (Taxed Enough Already) are being maligned in media. It may soon be difficult to water the tree of liberty as people may be so oppressed it could be impossible to pull the hose close enough to give hydration to the withering roots.

    Barack Obama, Washington, DC

    I should try harder to remember this...


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