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"Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty."
John Adams (more quotes by John Adams or books by/about John Adams)
(1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President
letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776, (Reference: Our Sacred Honor, Bennett (371))
letter to Zabdiel Adams, 21 June 1776
Constitution, Government, Religion, Sovereignty, President