Samuel Adams quotes

  • 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

    #Country #Men #Liberty

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Rights #Liberty #Together

  • It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Inspirational #Life #Freedom

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Liberty #Hazards

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Reality #Men #Law

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Patriotic #Fire #Despair

  • The Constitution shall never be construed . . . to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #People #Liberty #Citizens

  • If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Love #Freedom #Patriotic

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Offering #Voting

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Patriotic #People #Ignorant

  • Let us consider, brethren, we are struggling for our best birthrights and inheritance, which being infringed, renders all our blessings precarious in their enjoyments, and, consequently triffling in their value. Let us disappoint the Men who are raising themselves on the ruin of this Country. Let us convince every invader of our freedom, that we will be as free as the constitution our fathers recognized, will justify.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Father #Struggle

  • How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Tyrants #Tools #Meanings Of Words

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Men #Giving #Community

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Character #Slave #States

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Mind #Age #Different

  • The utopian schemes of leveling and a community of goods,  are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown. These ideas are arbitrary, despotic, and, in our government unconstitutional.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Ideas #Government #Community

  • 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...
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Trust #Wise #Country

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Religious #Freedom #Religion

  • The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Perseverance #Fortitude #Deliberation

  • We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Liberty #Events #Rebellious

  • Shame on the men who can court exemption from present trouble and expense at the price of their own posterity's liberty!
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Men #Liberty #Shame

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Happiness #Country #Religious

  • I ... [rely] upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Bible #God #Religious

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Bible #God #Patriotic

  • Let no man thirst for good beer.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Beer #Men #Thirst

  • Principally, and first of all, I resign my soul to the Almighty Being who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust, relying on the merits of Jesus Christ for the pardon of my sins.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Jesus #Dust #Soul

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Grateful #Heart #Voice

  • All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Truth #Liberty #Politics

  • The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Struggle #Patriotic

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Bible #God #Christian

  • Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Political #Feelings #Liberty

  • Were the talents and virtues which heaven has bestowed on men given merely to make them more obedient drudges, to be sacrificed to the follies and ambition of a few? Or, were not the noble gifts so equally dispensed with a divine purpose and law, that they should as nearly as possible be equally exerted, and the blessings of Providence be equally enjoyed by all?
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Ambition #Equality #Men

  • Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Religion #Liberty #Foundation

  • [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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Family #Government #Essentials

  • Before the formation of this Constitution it had been affirmed as a self evident truth, in the Declaration of Independence, very deliberately made by the Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled that 'all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights' This declaration of Independence was received and ratified by all the States in the Union & has never been disannuled. May we not from hence conclude, that the doctrine of Liberty and Equality is an article in the political creed of the United States.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Men #Rights #Self

  • If the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Law #Yield #Giving

  • It is no dishonor to be in a minority in the cause of liberty and virtue
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Liberty #Causes #Minorities

  • If virtue & knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslav'd. This will be their great security.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #People #Liberty #Virtue

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Patriotic #America #People

  • [N]either the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Law #People #Liberty

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Character #Patriotic #Men

  • If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Perseverance #Men #Simplicity

  • The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Character #Men #Curious

  • What a man has honestly acquired is absolutely his own, which he may freely give, but cannot be taken from him without his consent.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Taken #Men #Giving

  • The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve and enjoy it. While on the other hand, if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Reality #Hands #People

  • And that the said 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; or to raise standing armies, unless necessary for the defense of the United States, or of some one or more of them; or to prevent the people from petitioning, in a peaceable and orderly manner, the federal legislature, for a redress of grievances; or to subject the people to unreasonable searches and seizures of their persons, papers or possessions.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Army #Rights #People

  • He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all... Our forefathers opened the Bible to all.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Men #Made #Obvious

  • In short, it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Mean #Men #Rights

  • 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. The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance. Let us remember that "if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom," it is a very serious consideration ... that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Perseverance #Rights #Suffering

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Independent #Long

  • A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #America #Enemy #Liberty

  • 'Revelation assures us that 'righteousness exalteth a nation.' Communities are dealt with in this world by the wise and just Ruler of the Universe. He rewards or punishes them according to their general character. The diminution of public virtue is usually attended with that of public happiness, and the public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Wise #Character #Long

  • 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. The religion and public liberty of a people are intimately connected; their interests are interwoven, they cannot subsist separately; and therefore they rise and fall together. For this reason, it is always observable, that those who are combin'd to destroy the people's liberties, practice every art to poison their morals.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Art #Fall

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Independent #Ideas #Sight

  • Just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty, in matters spiritual and temporal is a thing that all men are clearly entitled to by the eternal and immutable laws of God and nature, as well as by the laws of nations and all well-grounded and municipal laws, which must have their foundation in the former.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Spiritual #Men #Law

  • The eyes of mankind will be upon you to see whether the Government, which is now more popular than it has been for many years past, will be productive of more virtue moral and political. We may look up to Armies for our Defense, but Virtue is our best Security. It is not possible that any State should long remain free, where Virtue is not supremely honored.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Eye #Army #Past

  • We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid and protection
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Heaven #Protection #Abandoned

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Ignorance #Tyrants

  • We boast of our freedom, and we have your example for it. We talk the language we have always heard you speak.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Revolution #Example #Language

  • But there are some persons who wouldpersuade the people never to make use of their constitutional rights.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Rights #People #Use

  • I firmly believe that the benevolent Creator designed the republican Form of Government for Man.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Believe #Men #Republican

  • In a state of tranquility, wealth, and luxury, our descendants would forget the arts of war and the noble activity and zeal which made their ancestors invincible. Every art of corruption would be employed to loosen the bond of union which renders our resistance formidable. When the spirit of liberty which now animates our hearts and gives success to our arms is extinct, our numbers will accelerate our ruin and render us easier victims to tyranny.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Art #War #Luxury

  • It is always dangerous to the liberties of the people to have an army stationed among them, over which they have no control ... The Militia is composed of free Citizens. There is therefore no danger of their making use of their Power to the destruction of their own Rights, or suffering others to invade them.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Army #Rights #People

  • We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them. Mankind are governed more by their feeling than by reason. Events which excite those feelings will produce wonderful effects.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Business #Feelings #Events

  • The next step may be fatal to us. Let us then act like wise men, calmly look around us and consider what is best to be done...Let associations and combinations be everywhere set up to consult and recover our just rights.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Wise #Men #Rights

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Men #Feelings

  • If our Trade be taxed, why not our Lands, or Produce in short, everything we possess? They tax us without having legal representation.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Land #Why Not #Produce

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Kings #Struggle #Power

  • 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....
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Freedom #Men #Slave

  • [M]en will be free no longer then while they remain virtuous.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Liberty #Virtue #Virtuous

  • All men have a right to remain in a state of nature as long as they please; and in case of intolerable oppression, civil or religious, to leave the society they belong to, and enter into another.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Religious #Men #Long

  • Every one knows that the exercise of military power is forever dangerous to civil rights; and we have had recent instances of violences that have been offer'd to private subjects....
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Military #Exercise #Rights

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Bible #God #Religious

  • I cannot however help repeating Piety, because I think it indispensible. Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Thinking #Ornaments #Helping

  • And if we now cast our eyes over the nations of the earth, we shall find that, instead of possessing the pure religion of the Gospel, they may be divided either into infidels, who deny the truth; or politicians who make religion a stalking horse for their ambition; or professors, who walk in the trammels of orthodoxy, and are more attentive to traditions and ordinances of men than to the oracles of truth.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Horse #Ambition #Eye

  • A standing army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the liberties of the people. Such power should be watched with a jealous eye.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Jealous #Eye #Army

  • I believe that no people ever yet groaned under the heavy yoke of slavery but when they deserved it.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Believe #People #Yoke

  • We may look up to Armies for Defence, but Virtue is our best Security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where Virtue is not supremely honord.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Army #Long #Looks

  • Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; second, to liberty; third, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of ... the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature. All men have a right to remain in a state of nature as long as they please; and in case of intolerable oppression, civil or religious, to leave the society they belong to, and ernter into another.... Now what liberty can there be where property is taken away without consent?
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Religious #Taken #Men

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Giving Up #Mistake #Men

  • What a glorious morning this is!
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Morning #Revolution #American Revolution

  • There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Suicide #Suicidal #Democracy

  • Our unalterable resolution would be to be free. They have attempted to subdue us by force, but God be praised! in vain. Their arts may be more dangerous then their arms. Let us then renounce all treaty with them upon any score but that of total separation, and under God trust our cause to our swords.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Art #Would Be #May

  • Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Hands #May #Down And

  • The diminution of public virtue is usually attended with that of public happiness, and the public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Long #Liberty #Extinction

  • Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity... and leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Girl #Christian #Boys

  • It is a very great mistake to imagine that the object of loyalty is the authority and interest of one individual man, however dignified by the applause or enriched by the success of popular actions.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Loyalty #Mistake #Men

  • And if a minister shall usurp the supreme and absolute govern ment of America, and set up his instructions as laws in the colonies, and their Governors shall be so weak or so wicked, as for the sake of keeping their places, to be made the instruments in putting them in execu tion, who will presume to say that the people have not a right, or that it is not their indispensible duty to God and their Country, by all rational means in their power to RESIST THEM.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Mean #Law

  • 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.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Kings #Men #Law

  • Of how much importance is it, that the utmost pains be taken by the public to have the principles of virtue early inculcated on the minds even of children, and the moral sense kept alive.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Pain #Children #Taken

  • Is it not high time for the people of this country to explicitly declare whether they will be free men or slaves. It is an important question which aught to be decided. It concerns more than anything in this life. The salvation of our souls is interested in this event. For wherever tyranny is established, immorality of every kind comes in like a torrent, it is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #Ignorance #Men

  • Could I be assured that America would remain virtuous, I would venture to defy the utmost Efforts of Enemies to subjugate her.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #America #Effort #Enemy

  • I would advise persisting in our struggle for liberty, though it were revealed from Heaven that nine hundred and ninety-nine men were to perish, and only one of a thousand to survive and retain his liberty. One such freeman must possess more virtue, and enjoy more happiness, than a thousand slaves.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Struggle #Men #Heaven

  • Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Long #Liberty #Extinction

  • The country shall be independent, and we will be satisfied with nothing short of it.
    -- Samuel Adams

    #Country #War #Independent

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