Public Virtue Cannot Exist in a Nation without Private Virtue

John Adams

“The Form of Government, which you admire, when its Principles are pure is admirable, indeed, it is productive of every Thing, which is great and excellent among Men. But its Principles are as easily destroyed, as human Nature is corrupted. Such a Government is only to be supported by pure Religion or Austere Morals. Public Virtue cannot exist in a Nation without private virtue….Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company:…I mean Hell.” – John Adams

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