20 Spectacular Samuel Adams Quotes

Samuel Adams was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, born in 1722 in Boston. An American statesman and political philosopher, Adams was a graduate of Harvard College and an influential official in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Here is a look at some of the most notable Samuel Adams quotes ever recorded.

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.”

“A true patriot would keep the attention of his fellow citizens awake to their grievances, and not allow them to rest till the causes of their just complaints are removed.”

“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.”

“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!”

“How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!”

“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.”


“If we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.”

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved.”

“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.”

“Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.”

“The Constitution shall never be construed . . . to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

“The country shall be independent, and we will be satisfied with nothing short of it.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.”

“We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them.”

With some notable controversy to the historical record of Samuel Adams, here is a video with a look at his profile and his role as a visionary or lunatic.

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