Skip to comments.7 of John Adams' Greatest Insults [Funny, but True]
Posted on 07/28/2013 3:56:13 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
A man whose wit was matched only by the looseness of his tongue, the combative John Adams quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and razor-sharp put-downs...
His whole life has been one continued insult to good manners and to decency.
That bastard brat of a Scottish peddler! His ambition, his restlessness and all his grandiose schemes come, I'm convinced, from a superabundance of secretions, which he couldn't find enough whores to absorb!
(Hamilton certainly wasn't above returning the fire.)
What a poor, ignorant, malicious, crapulous mass.
(For more on their relationship, head here.)
That Washington is not a scholar is certain. That he is too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station is equally beyond dispute.
Phyladelphia [sic], with all its trade and wealth and regularity, is not Boston. The morals of our people are much better; their manners are more polite and agreeable... Our language is better, our taste is better, our persons are handsomer; our spirit is greater, our laws are wiser, our religion is better, our education is better. We exceed them in every thing, but in a market.
His soul is poisoned with ambition.
While working as a member of the American revolution's continental congress, Adams referred to one of his less-radical colleagues as a piddling genius in one of his lettersan insult which caused a good deal of uproar when the British intercepted and published the candid document. For a fictionalized account of the pair's tense relationship, check out this clip from HBO's 2008 John Adams miniseries:
(Excerpt) Read more at mentalfloss.com ...
The fact that book is not “exhaustive” does not constitute corroboration of the reputed statements.
Sources for the quotes?