John Adams Quote
Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right…and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.
A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law (1765), in M. J. Kline (ed.) Papers of John Adams vol. 1 (1977)