Adams, Samuel2019-08-27T11:23:04+00:00
Portrait of Sam Adams.

Portrait of Sam Adams by John Singleton Copley.

Samuel Adams Quotes

September 27, 1722–October 2, 1803

Quotes Related to Sam Adams

“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.”

~ Samuel Adams

“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.”

~ Samuel Adams

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

~ Samuel Adams

“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.”

~ Samuel Adams

“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.”

~ Samuel Adams

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

~ Samuel Adams

“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.”

~ Samuel Adams

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

~ Samuel Adams

“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.”

~ Samuel Adams

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.”

~ Samuel Adams

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

~ Samuel Adams

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

~ Samuel Adams

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  • Article Title Sam Adams Quotes
  • Coverage September 27, 1722–October 2, 1803
  • Author
  • Keywords samuel adams, founding father, continental congress, declaration of independence, governor of massachusetts
  • Website Name American History Central
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  • Access Date October 21, 2019
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update August 27, 2019

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