John Adams

1735 - 1826

A Quote by John Adams on catholicism, christianity, church, day, inventions, miracles, and niceness

Indeed, Mr. Jefferson, what could be invented to debase the ancient Christianism, which Greeks, Romans, Hebrews and Christian factions, above all the Catholics, have not fraudulently imposed upon the public? Miracles after miracles have rolled down in torrents, wave succeeding wave in the Catholic church, from the Council of Nice, and long before, to this day.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: To Jefferson, December 3, 1813.

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A Quote by John Adams on citizenship, defense, discretion, individuality, and privacy

Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion . . . in private self-defense.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

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A Quote by John Adams on conscience, direction, duty, judgment, and understanding

It is not only the trial juror's right, but his duty, to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on grief, heart, men, reflection, seriousness, and understanding

Grief drives men to serious reflection, sharpens the understanding and softens the heart.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by John Adams on america, body, coaching, horses, and progress

But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest. Like a Coach and six-the swiftest Horses must be slackened and the slowest quickened, that all may keep an even Pace.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: letter to Abigail Adams, June 11/June 17, 1775.—Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, vol. 1, p. 216 (1963).

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A Quote by John Adams on doubt, nations, necessity, and tyranny

The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Constitution of Massachusetts: Declaration of Rights, 1780

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