Quote of the day-John Adams

“I know not what answer to give you, but this, that Power always sincerely, conscientiously, de tres bon foi, believes itself right. Power always thinks it has a great soul, and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God service, when it is violating all His laws.

Our passions, ambition, avarice, love, resentment, etc., possess so much metaphysical subtlety and so much overpowering eloquence, that they insinuate themselves into the understanding and the conscience and convert both to their party, and I may be deceived as much as any of them, when I say, that Power must never be trusted without a Check.” John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson February 2, 1816

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