John AdamsJohn Adams, (1735-1826) Founding Father, 2nd US President

John Adams Quote

“Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I have never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which perhaps, I could not surrender if I would. Nor is there anything in the common law of England inconsistent with that right.”

John AdamsJohn Adams
~ John Adams

Boston Gazette, September 5, 1763, reprinted in The Works of John Adams 438 (Charles F. Adams ed., 1851).

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

A little too close to a social contract ideology but extremely accurate none-the-less.

J Carlton, Calgary

I agree, the right to self defense and the defense of property is the most basic moral tenet of civilized society. It is a Natural Law and can not be made irrelevant by a piece of paper with some ink on it.

E Archer, NYC



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