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John Quincy Adams Quotes


An American lawyer, diplomat, politician, the sixth President of the United States (March 4, 1825 - March 3, 1829), and the son of John Adams and Abigail Adams.
(1767 - 1848)

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All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
[Honesty]
 

All that I am my mother made me.
[Mother]
 

Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone.
[Principles]
 

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
[Principles]
 

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
[America]
 

And may He who searches the hearts of the children of men prosper your exertions to secure the blessings of peace and promote the highest welfare of your country.
 

Civil liberty can be established on no foundation of human reason which will not at the same time demonstrate the right of religious freedom.
 

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
[Courage]
 

Duty is ours; results are God's.
[Duty]
 

I appear, my fellow-citizens, in your presence and in that of Heaven to bind myself by the solemnities of religious obligation to the faithful performance of the duties allotted to me in the station to which I have been called.
 

I shall look for whatever success may attend my public service; and knowing that "except the Lord keep the city the watchman waketh but in vain," with fervent supplications for His favor, to His overruling providence I commit with humble but fearless confidence my own fate and the future destinies of my country.
 

I speak as a man of the world to men of the world; and I say to you, Search the Scriptures! The Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through, and then laid aside, but to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day, and never to be intermitted, unless by some overruling necessity.
 

Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.
[Idleness]
 

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
[Leadership]
 

In what light soever we regard the Bible, whether with reference to revelation, to history, or to morality, it is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue.
 

It is essential...that you should form and adopt certain rules or principles, for the government of your own conduct and temper. Unless you have such rules and principles, there will be numberless occasions on which you will have no guide for your government but your passions...It is in the Bible, you must learn them, and from the Bible how to practice them.
 

Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.
[Liberty]
 

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
[Patience]
 

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
[History]
 

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
 


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