“The law no passion can disturb. ‘Tis void of desire and fear, lust and anger. ‘Tis mens sine affectu, written reason, retaining some measure of the divine perfection. …’Tis deaf, inexorable, inflexible.”
—- John Adams, Argument for the Defense at the Boston Massacre Trial, December 3–4, 1770.
John Adams at the Boston Massacre trial, as played by Paul Giamatti in John Adams (2008).