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"Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honor, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions."
John Adams (more quotes by John Adams or books by/about John Adams)
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
letter to Mercy Warren, 1776
Republic, Virtue, Goodness, Honor, Power, Glory, Government, Passion