- In this country … men seem to live for action as long as they can and sink into apathy when they retire.
diary, April 15, 1836
- Plymouth is a somewhat flourishing town even at this day, but its principal pride is its historical recollections.
Diary, Sept. 14, 1835
- The State of Massachusetts is made up of the enterprise of its inhabitants.
Diary, Sept. 21, 1835
- The great vice of this New England people is their adoration of Mammon.
Adams was himself a New Englander to the bone, the son of one president and the grandson of another. For another comment on New Englanders and Mammon, see John Updike, below
Diary, Oct. 6, 1833