Samuel Adams QuotesThese Samuel Adams Quotes are taken from his own letters and writings from the years 1748-1775. This period covers the turbulent years leading up to and the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Samuel Adams was a patriot leader from Boston who was intricately involved in the events leading up to the war and in the Congress that led the nation to independence. Many of these Samuel Adams Quotes are taken from his work entitled The Rights of the Colonists, which was published on November 20, 1772. This work expresses the ideas that human rights are given by God and it is the government's duty to protect them. Our Samuel Adams Quotes are listed chronologically with links to more after this time period at the bottom.
Samuel Adams Quotes"It is a very great mistake to imagine that the object of loyalty is the authority and interest of one individual man, however dignified by the applause or enriched by the success of popular actions." - Loyalty and Sedition, essay in The Advertiser, 1748
"He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man. We must not conclude merely upon a man's haranguing upon liberty, and using the charming sound, that he is fit to be trusted with the liberties of his country. It is not unfrequent to hear men declaim loudly upon liberty, who, if we may judge by the whole tenor of their actions, mean nothing else by it but their own liberty, - to oppress without control or the restraint of laws all who are poorer or weaker than themselves. It is not, I say, unfrequent to see such instances, though at the same time I esteem it a justice due to my country to say that it is not without shining examples of the contrary kind; - examples of men of a distinguished attachment to this same liberty I have been describing; whom no hopes could draw, no terrors could drive, from steadily pursuing, in their sphere, the true interests of their country; whose fidelity has been tried in the nicest and tenderest manner, and has been ever firm and unshaken. The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people." - Loyalty and Sedition, essay in The Advertiser, 1748
Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt." - Essay in the Public Advertiser, 1749
"If you, or Colonel Dalrymple under you, have the power to remove one regiment you have the power to remove both. It is at your peril if you refuse. The meeting is composed of three thousand people. They have become impatient. A thousand men are already arrived from the neighborhood, and the whole country is in motion. Night is approaching. An immediate answer is expected. Both regiments or none!" - Address to Acting Governor Thomas Hutchinson, the day after the Boston Massacre, March 6, 1770
"The truth is, all might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they ought." - Essay in the Boston Gazette, October 14, 1771
"The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have receiv'd them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchas'd them for us with toil and danger and expence of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men. Of the latter we are in most danger at present: Let us therefore be aware of it. Let us contemplate our forefathers and posterity; and resolve to maintain the rights bequeath'd to us from the former, for the sake of the latter. - Instead of sitting down satisfied with the efforts we have already made, which is the wish of our enemies, the necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude, and perseverance. Let us remember that "if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom." It is a very serious consideration, which should deeply impress our minds, that millions yet unborn may be the miserable sharers of the event." - Essay in the Boston Gazette, October 14, 1771
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"When designs are form'd to raze the very foundation of a free government, whose few who are to
erect their grandeur and fortunes upon the general ruin, will employ every art to sooth the devoted
people into a state of indolence, inattention and security, which is forever the fore-runner of slavery." -
Article signed "Candidus," in Boston Gazette, December 9, 1771
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