John Adams saying John Adams things:
Democracy is Lovelace and the people are Clarissa. The artful villain will pursue the innocent lovely girl to her ruin and her death. . . . The time would fail me to enumerate all the Lovelaces in the United States. It would be an amusing romance to compare their actions and character with his.
Source: Quoted in Prodigals and Pilgrims: The American Revolution against Patriarchal Authority 1750-1800 by Jay Fliegelman (just bought it because it sounds like a scorcher.)