John Hancock Quotes


A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life.

I shall look forward to a pleasant time.

people who pay greater respect to a wealthy villain than to an honest, upright man in poverty, almost deserve to be enslaved; they plainly show that wealth, however it may be acquired, is, in their esteem, to be preferred to virtue.

I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny.

The British ministry can read that name without spectacles; let them double their reward.

Let this sad tale of death never be told without a tear: let every parent tell the shameful story to his listening children, till tears of pity glisten in their eyes, or boiling passion shakes their tender frames.

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions.

 

The more people who own little businesses of their own, the safer our country will be, and the better off its cities and towns; for the people who have a stake in their country and their community are its best citizens.

The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it.

I find money some way or other goes very fast. But I think I can reflect it has been spent with satisfaction and to my own honour.

 

Some boast of being friends to government; I am a friend to righteous government, to a government founded upon the principles of reason and justice; but I glory in publicly avowing my eternal enmity to tyranny.

Though we are politically enemies, yet with regard to Science it is presumable we shall not dissent from the practice of civilized people in promoting it

 

There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!

We must be unanimous; there must be no pulling different ways; we must hang together.

I urge you by all this is dear, by all that is honorable, by all that is sacred, not only that you pray but also that you act!

 

Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual… Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us.

Sensible of the importance of Christian piety and virtue to the order and happiness of a state, I cannot but earnestly commend to you every measure for their support and encouragement.

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