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The true source of our suffering has been our timidity.  We have been afraid to think.   . . . .   Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.
  —  President John Adams
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The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles.
    —    President John Adams
second President of the United States
(In a letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 20, 1815)
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The science of government it is my duty to study…  I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.
    —    John Adams
[Writing to his wife, Abigail Adams,
From a letter sent from Paris on May 12th, 1780
Found on a blog I follow: The Bully Pulpit
Located at: http://jrbenjamin.com/
The specific post is:   http://jrbenjamin.com/2014/03/03/the-sovereign-subject/
    —    KMAB]
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As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion, — as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen, — and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mohammedan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever interrupt the harmony existing between the two countries.
    —    Treaty of Tripoli, 1797
Negotiated by representatives of President George Washington, but by the time it reached the Senate for ratification John Adams was president.
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There is a germ of religion in human nature so strong that whenever an order of men can persuade the people by flattery or terror that they have salvation at their disposal, there can be no end to fraud, violence, or usurpation.
   —     President John Adams
[There must be a similar set of germs in human nature for nationalism.  —   KMAB]
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