John Adams Quote

We may please ourselves with the prospect of free and popular governments. But there is great danger that those governments will not make us happy. God grant they may. But I fear that in every assembly, members will obtain an influence by noise, not sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls.


Warren-Adams Letters (ed. 1917)

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We may please ourselves with the prospect of free and popular governments. But there is great danger that those governments will not make us happy....

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We may please ourselves with the prospect of free and popular governments. But there is great danger that those governments will not make us happy....

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We may please ourselves with the prospect of free and popular governments. But there is great danger that those governments will not make us happy....

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We may please ourselves with the prospect of free and popular governments. But there is great danger that those governments will not make us happy....