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  • John Hancock: I'm still from Massachusetts, John. You know where I stand. I'll do whatever you say.
    John Adams: No. No, you're the president of Congress. You're a fair man, Hancock. Stay that way.


  • Stephen Hopkins: Ah, Ben! I want you to see some cards I'd gone and had printed up. Oughta save everybody here a lot of time and effort, considering the epidemic of bad disposition that's been going on around here lately. "Dear Sir, you are without any doubt, a rogue, a rascal, a villain, a thief, a scoundrel, and a mean, dirty, stinking, sniveling, sneaking, pimping, pocket-picking, thrice double-damned no-good son of a bitch." and you sign your name - what do you think?
    Benjamin Franklin: I'll take a dozen, right now.


  • Richard Henry Lee: You've come to the one colony that can get job done: Virginia. The land that gave us our glorious commander in chief, George Washington, will now give the congress its proposal on independence. Where Virginia goes the south is bound to follow. And where the south goes, the middle colonies go! Gentlemen, a salute to Virginia, the mother of American independence!


  • Benjamin Franklin: If we do not hang together, we shall most assuredly hang separately!


  • John Adams: It doesn't matter. I won't be in the history books anyway, only you. Franklin did this and Franklin did that and Franklin did some other damn thing. Franklin smote the ground and out sprang George Washington, fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified him with his miraculous lightning rod and the three of them - Franklin, Washington, and the horse - conducted the entire revolution by themselves.


  • Benjamin Franklin: Treason is a charge invented by winners as an excuse for hanging the losers.


  • John Dickinson: Mr. Hancock, you're a man of property, one of us. Why don't you join us in our minuet? Why do you persist on dancing with John Adams? Good Lord, sir, you don't even like him!


  • John Dickinson: Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor.


  • Benjamin Franklin: What are you staring at? Haven't you ever seen a great man before?


  • John Adams: At a stage in life when other men prosper, I'm reduced to living in Philadelphia.


  • Stephen Hopkins: Well, in all my years I ain't never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn't be talked about. Hell yeah! I'm for debating anything. Rhode Island says yea!


  • John Adams: A second flood, a simple famine, plagues of locusts everywhere, or a cataclysmic earthquake, I'd accept with some despair. But no, You sent us Congress! Good God, Sir, was that fair?


  • Abigail Adams: Well, think of it, John, to be married to the man who is always the first in line to be hanged!


  • John Adams: In the middle of the afternoon?!?
    John Adams: In the middle of the afternoon?


  • John Adams: the eagle. Thomas Jefferson: the Dove....
    John Adams: Thomas Jefferson: the Dove....
    John Adams: the eagle! Thomas Jefferson: (considering) The Eagle.
    John Adams: ...the eagle!
    Benjamin Franklin: The turkey.
    John Adams: the eagle is a majestic bird!
    Benjamin Franklin: The eagle is a scavenger, a thief and coward. A symbol of over ten centuries of European mischief.
    John Adams: the turkey?
    John Adams: The turkey?
    Benjamin Franklin: A truly noble bird. Native American, a source of sustenance to our original settlers, and an incredibly brave fellow who wouldn't flinch from attacking a whole regiment of Englishmen single-handedly! Therefore, the national bird of America is going to be...
    Benjamin Franklin: A truly noble bird. Native American, a source of sustenance to our original settlers, and an incredibly brave fellow who wouldn't flinch from attacking a whole regiment of Englishmen single-handedly! Therefore, the national bird of America is going to be...
    John Adams: (insistently)The Eagle!!!
    John Adams: [insistently] The Eagle!
    Benjamin Franklin: the eagal! :(


  • Stephen Hopkins: That's quite a large signature, Johnny.
    John Hancock: So fat George can read it in London without his reading glasses!


  • Stephen Hopkins: Ah, Ben! I want you to see some cards I'd gone and had printed up. Oughta save everybody here a lot of time and effort, considering the epidemic of bad disposition that's been going on around here lately. "Dear Sir, you are without any doubt, a rogue, a rascal, a villain, a thief, a scoundrel, and a mean, dirty, stinking, sniveling, sneaking, pimping, pocket-picking, thrice double-damned no-good son of a bitch." and you sign your name - what do you think?
    Stephen Hopkins: Ah, Ben! I want you to see some cards I'd gone and had printed up. Oughta save everybody here a lot of time and effort, considering the epidemic of bad disposition that's been going on around here lately. 'Dear Sir, you are without any doubt, a rogue, a rascal, a villain, a thief, a scoundrel, and a mean, dirty, stinking, sniveling, sneaking, pimping, pocket-picking, thrice double-damned no-good son of a bitch.' and you sign your name - what do you think?
    Benjamin Franklin: I'll take a dozen, right now.


  • Martha Jefferson: Dickinson wants "tyrant" removed from the Declaration
    Martha Jefferson: Dickinson wants 'tyrant' removed from the Declaration
    Thomas Jefferson: Just a moment, Mr. Thomson. I do not consent. The king is a tyrant whether we say so or not. We might as well say so.
    Thomas Jefferson: Just a moment, Mr. Thomson. I do not consent. The king is a tyrant whether we say so or not. We might as well say so.
    Secretary Charles Thomson: But I already scratched it out.
    Thomas Jefferson: Then scratch it back in!
    John Hancock: Put it back, Mr. Thomson. The King will remain a tyrant.


  • John Adams: They won't be happy until they remove one of the F's from Jefferson's name!


  • Richard Henry Lee: You've come to the one colony that can get job done: Virginia. The land that gave us our glorious commander in chief, George Washington, will now give the congress its proposal on independence. Where Virginia goes the south is bound to follow. And where the south goes, the middle colonies go! Gentlemen, a salute to Virginia, the mother of American independence!
    John Adams: Incredible, we're free and he hasn't even left yet!


  • Martha Jefferson: [Adams and Frankline wait expectantly on the street below Jefferson's apartment]
    John Adams: [reading a note tossed down from Jefferson] "Dear Mr. Adams, I am taking my wife back to bed. Kindly go away. Your obedient, T. Jefferson." Incredible!
    John Adams: [reading a note tossed down from Jefferson] 'Dear Mr. Adams, I am taking my wife back to bed. Kindly go away. Your obedient, T. Jefferson.' Incredible!
    Benjamin Franklin: [chuckles] You know, perhaps I should have written the Declaration. At my age there's little doubt that the pen is mightier than the sword.
    Benjamin Franklin: [chuckles] You know, perhaps I should have written the Declaration. At my age there's little doubt that the pen is mightier than the sword.


  • John Hancock: Gentlemen, forgive me if I don't join in the merriment, but if we are arrested now, my name is STILL THE ONLY ONE ON THE DAMN THING!


  • John Adams: This is a revolution, dammit! We're going to have to offend SOMEbody!


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