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. They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies.

 

 

 

John Adams, Letter to Zabdiel Adams, Letters of Delegates to Congress: Volume 4 May 16, 1776 -August 15, 1776, (21 June 1776), Page 279

 

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