20 Priceless John Hancock Quotes

John Hancock is one of America’s founding fathers and played a pivotal role in the founding of this nation in 1776. With his large and distinctive signature, Hancock left a memorable mark on American history. Hancock served as the President of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Here is a look at some of the most notable John Hancock quotes ever documented.

“A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life.”

“Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.”

“God rules in the armies of Heaven, and without His whole blessing, the best human counsels are but foolishness.”

“I congratulate you and my country on the singular favor of heaven in the peaceable and auspicious settlement of our government upon a Constitution formed by wisdom, and sanctified by the solemn choice of the people who are to live under it.”

“I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny.”

“I shall look forward to a pleasant time.”


“I urge you by all this is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is sacred, not only that you pray but also that you act.”

“In circumstances as dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that whilst every prudent measure should be taken to ward off the impending judgments.”

“Let this sad tale of death never be told without a tear: let every parent tell the shameful story to his listening children, till tears of pity glisten in their eyes, or boiling passion shakes their tender frames.”

“Manners, by which not only the freedom, but the very existence of the republics, are greatly affected, depend much upon the public institutions of religion and the good education of youth.”

“May the Supreme ruler of the world be pleased to establish and perpetuate these new foundations of liberty and glory.”

“Maybe we need to fall on the common-sense side of protecting these species, but continue harvesting wood products we all use and enjoy.”

“People who pay greater respect to a wealthy villain than to an honest, upright man in poverty, almost deserve to be enslaved; they plainly show that wealth, however it may be acquired, is, in their esteem, to be preferred to virtue.”

“Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual.”

“Sensible of the importance of Christian piety and virtue to the order and happiness of a state, I cannot but earnestly commend to you every measure for their support and encouragement.”

“Some boast of being friends to government; I am a friend to righteous government, to a government founded upon the principles of reason and justice; but I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny.”

“The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it.”

“The more people who own little businesses of their own, the safer our country will be, and the better off its cities and towns; for the people who have a stake in their country and their community are its best citizens.”

“Though we are politically enemies, yet with regard to Science it is presumable we shall not dissent from the practice of civilized people in promoting it.”

“We must be unanimous; there must be no pulling different ways; we must hang together.”

Here is a short video covering the story of John Hancock. From being known as the first to sign the Declaration of Independence and being the First Governor of Massachusetts, this philanthropist and revolutionary was known for many his historic accomplishments.

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