Samuel Adams

1722 - 1803

A Quote by Samuel Adams on anarchy, catholicism, confusion, destruction, good, government, laws, leadership, liberty, life, mankind, mercy, politics, reason, religion, and war

In regard to religion, mutual toleration in the different professions thereof is what all good and candid minds in all ages have ever practiced, and both by precept and example inculcated on mankind . . . The only sects which he (Locke) thinks ought to be and which by all wise laws are excluded from such toleration are those who teach doctrines subversive of the civil government under which they live. The Roman Catholics or Papists are excluded by reason of such doctrines as these: that princes excommunicated may be deposed, and those they call heretics may be destroyed without mercy; besides their recognizing the pope in so absolute a manner, in subversion of government, by introducing as far as possible into the states under whose protection they enjoy life, liberty, and property that solecism in politics, imperium in imperio, leading directly to the worst anarchy and confusion, civil discord, war and bloodshed.

Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803)

Source: The Rights of the Colonists, 1772.

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A Quote by Samuel Adams on duty, laws, liberty, life, nature, and support

Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: first, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. Those are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature.

Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803)

Source: The Rights of the Colonists, 1772

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A Quote by Samuel Adams on conscience, country, direction, earth, freedom, happiness, judgment, privacy, and thought

Driven from every corner of the earth, freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in matters of conscience direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum.

Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803)

Source: Speech, Philadelphia, August 1, 1776.

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A Quote by Samuel Adams on belief, people, and slavery

I believe that no people ever yet groaned under the heavy yoke of slavery but when they deserved it.

Samuel Adams (1722 - 1803)

Source: Article published in 1771.

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