A quote by John Adams (1735 – 1826), a Founding Father – a leader of the movement for American independence from Great Britain.
He was the first vice president and the second president of the United States (1797 – 1801).
Statesmen 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.