John Adams: Founding Father Quote

John Adams Quote
United States Founding Father

Quote 1408 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1408 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1408 Since the promulgation of Christianity, the two greatest systems of tyranny that have sprung form this original, are the canon and the feudal law. The desire of dominion, that great principle by which we have attempted to account for so much good and so much evil, is, when properly restrained, a very useful and noble movement in the human mind. But when such restraints are taken off, it becomes an encroaching, grasping, restless, and ungovernable power. Numberless have been the systems of iniquity contrived by the great for the gratification of this passion in themselves; but in none of them were they ever more successful than in the invention and establishment of the canon and feudal law.

John Adams: Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law
Quoted Document: A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law

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