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Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honor, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions

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letter to Mercy Warren 1776

Submitted by Normando on July 26, 2019

John Adams

2nd President of the United States (1735-1826)

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