Founding Fathers Quotes…John Adams

John Adams and John Hancock:

We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus! [April 18, 1775]

John Adams:

“ The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general
principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general
principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of
God.”

• “[July 4th] ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of
devotion to God Almighty.”
–John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions
unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break
the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution
was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the
government of any other.” –October 11, 1798
“I have examined all religions, as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened means, and
my busy life, would allow; and the result is that the Bible is the best Book in the world. It
contains more philosophy than all the libraries I have seen.”

“Without Religion this World would be Something not fit to be mentioned in polite
Company, I mean Hell.” [John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, April 19, 1817]

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