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

John Adams Quote

“Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the "latent spark"... If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?”

John AdamsJohn Adams
~ John Adams

the Novanglus, 1775

Ratings and Comments


Mike, Norwalk

The law of nature and of nature's God, as is interpretable through repetitive history, proves the quote's accuracy.

J Carlton, Calgary

"Morality" cannot be legislated. But it should be taught.

Mike, Norwalk

Carlton, I absolutely agree with you - the here caveat is - the statist theocracy infesting this land is canonizing its de facto totalitarianism by way of legislating its anti-law and virtue void immorality. The legitimate, de jure, secular, lawful, and constitutional government can not legislate morality. Once the non-virtuous have completed their destruction, that advocate for liberty latent spark will once again breath life into the friends of mankind.

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