Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams
  • Born: September 27, 1722
  • Died: October 2, 1803
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Revolutionary

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A standing army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the liberties of the people. Soldiers are apt to consider themselves as a body distinct from the rest of the citizens ... They soon become attached to their officers and disposed to yield implicit obedience to their commands. Military & Veterans
Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, thirdly to property. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Freedom of thought and the right to private judgment, in matters of conscience, driven from every corner of the earth, direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum. Let us cherish the noble guests, and shelter them under the wings of universal toleration. Immigration & Emigration
He that despises his neighbor's happiness because he wears a worsted cap or a leather apron, he that struts immeasurably above the lower size of the people, and pretends to adjust the rights of the men by the distinctions of fortune Equality & Equal Opportunity
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. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
In monarchy the crime of treason may admit of being pardoned or lightly punished but the man who dares rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. Public Opinion & Polling
Luxury and Extravagance are in my opinion totally destructive to those virtues which are necessary for the Preservation of the Liberty and Happiness of the People. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. Events which excite those feelings will produce wonderful effects. Human Nature
May Honor be given to whom Honor may be due. Management & Managing Government
May we not look for Discontent, Mistrust, Disaffection to Government and frequent Insurrections? Constitution / Bills & Declarations of Rights
No foreign Power can consistently yield Comfort to Rebels, or enter into any kind of Treaty with these Colonies until they [the Colonies] declare themselves free and independent. States. Nations & Nationhood
No Mobs—No Confusions—No Tumult. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused .… 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. Freedom & Liberty
Perhaps the next and the next will inherit his virtues but in time the worst will take over. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
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. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Religion and the public liberty of a people are interwoven, and cannot exist separately. Religion & God
The country shall be independent, and we will be satisfied with nothing short of it. Freedom & Liberty
The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and 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, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an ever lasting mark of 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 false and designing men. Freedom & Liberty
The man who dares to rebel against the laws of a republic ought to die. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There is nothing so fretting and vexatious, nothing so justly TERRIBLE to tyrants, and their tools and abettors, as a FREE PRESS. Media, Journalism & The Press
These Quakers are in general a sly artful People, not altogether destitute, as I conceive, of worldly Views in their religious Profession. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
This Constitution shall never be construed ... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms. Guns & Gun Control
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. Defense & National Security
We would express to your Excellency the just Resentment which we feel at the Indignities offered to our worthy fellow Citizens in Boston and the frequent Violations of private property by the Soldiers under your Command. These Enormities committed by a Standing Army, in our opinion, unlawfully posted there in a time of Peace, are irritating in the greatest Degree, and if not remedied will endanger the involving all America in the Horrors of a civil War! Your Situation Sir is extremely critical. A rupture between the Inhabitants of the Province over which you preside and the Troops under your Command would produce Consequences of the most serious Nature: A Wound which would never be healed! It would probably establish Animosities between Great Britain & the Colonies which time would never eradicate! Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
What has commonly been called rebellion has more often been nothing but a glorious struggle in opposition to the lawless power of rebellious kings and princes Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
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. Life
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. Life
How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!
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. Freedom & Liberty
Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.
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 Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.
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. Freedom & 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. Nature ;Power
We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them. Business, Commerce & Finance

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