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Brewery mogul and founder of the Boston Beer Company, Samuel Adams, is a legendary name in the American beer industry. His story is one of triumph over adversity and his legacy continues to this day. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the life and times of Samuel Adams.

Discover the most known Free, Mankind, Power, Liberty, Virtues, Freedom, Law quotes from Sam Adams, and much more.


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About Sam Adams

birth of the author

September 27 1722 Boston, Massachusetts Bay

death of the author

October 2, 1803

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college of the author

Alma Mater:
Harvard College


The right to freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave. โ€” Samuel Adams

A standing army, however necessary it may be at some times, is always dangerous to the liberties of the people. Such power should be watched with a jealous eye. โ€” Samuel Adams

The benefits of The clean power plan are definitely worth fighting for, not only for The united states but The high expectations it hopes to set internationally. โ€” Sam Adams

What has commonly been called rebellion has more often been nothing but a manly and glorious struggle in opposition to the lawless power of rebellious kings and princes. โ€” Samuel Adams

Every one knows that the exercise of military power is forever dangerous to civil rights; and we have had recent instances of violences that have been offer’d to private subjects. โ€” Samuel Adams

Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters. โ€” Samuel Adams

A nation of shopkeepers are very seldom so disinterested. โ€” Samuel Adams


Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. โ€” Samuel Adams

In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced, and both by precept and example inculcated on mankind. โ€” Samuel Adams

We cannot make events. Our business is wisely to improve them. Mankind are governed more by their feeling than by reason. Events which excite those feelings will produce wonderful effects. โ€” Samuel Adams

It requires time to bring honest Men to think & determine alike even in important Matters. Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. โ€” Samuel Adams


M]en will be free no longer then while they remain virtuous. โ€” Samuel Adams

All might be free if they valued freedom, and defended it as they should. โ€” Samuel Adams

I thank God that I have lived to see my country independent and free. She may long enjoy her independence and freedom if she will. It depends on her virtue. โ€” Samuel Adams

Our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty. โ€” Samuel Adams

We may look up to Armies for Defence, but Virtue is our best Security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where Virtue is not supremely honord. โ€” Samuel Adams

If taxes are laid upon us without our having a legal representation where they are laid, we are reduced from the character of free subjects to the state of tributary slaves. โ€” Samuel Adams


Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals. โ€” Samuel Adams

Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness. โ€” Samuel Adams

The diminution of public virtue is usually attended with that of public happiness, and the public liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals. โ€” Samuel Adams

If we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it, and involve others in our doom. โ€” Samuel Adams

Our union is now complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties. โ€” Samuel Adams

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can. โ€” Samuel Adams

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A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. โ€” Samuel Adams

Shame on the men who can court exemption from present trouble and expense at the price of their own posterity’s liberty! โ€” Samuel Adams


If virtue & knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslav’d. This will be their great security. โ€” Samuel Adams

It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice. For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail. โ€” Samuel Adams

Of how much importance is it, that the utmost pains be taken by the public to have the principles of virtue early inculcated on the minds even of children, and the moral sense kept alive. โ€” Samuel Adams

I … [rely] upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins. โ€” Samuel Adams


We boast of our freedom, and we have your example for it. We talk the language we have always heard you speak. โ€” Samuel Adams

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution, are worth defending against all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. โ€” Samuel Adams

It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. โ€” Samuel Adams

Driven from every other corner of the earth, freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in matters of conscience direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum. โ€” Samuel Adams


Rebellion against a king may be pardoned, or lightly punished, but the man who dares to rebel against the laws of a republic ought to suffer death. โ€” Samuel Adams

Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. โ€” Samuel Adams

Man’s rights are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of selfโ€“preservation, commonly called the first law of nature. โ€” Samuel Adams

If the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them. โ€” Samuel Adams

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. โ€” Samuel Adams

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