27 Incredible John Quincy Adams Quotes

27 Incredible John Quincy Adams Quotes

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John Quincy Adams was the 6th President of the United States and served from 1825 to 1829. Prior to becoming president he was a member of the House of Representatives, a diplomat, and senator. He died in 1848 at the age of 80.

“A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.”

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

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

“America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”

“America… goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.”

“Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers, and of love for our
posterity. They form the connecting links between the selfish and the social passions. By the fundamental principle of Christianity, the happiness of the individual is Later-woven, by
innumerable and imperceptible ties, with that of his contemporaries: by the power of filial reverence and parental affection, individual existence is extended beyond the limits of individual
life, and the happiness of every age is chained in mutual dependence upon that of every other.”

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. These qualities have ever been displayed in their mightiest perfection,
as attendants in the retinue of strong passions.”

“He devoted himself, his life, his fortune, his hereditary honors, his towering ambition, his splendid hopes, all to the cause of liberty.”

“I am a warrior, so that my son may be a merchant, so that his son may be a poet.”

“I can never join with my voice in the toast which I see in the papers attributed to one of our gallant naval heroes. I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong. Fiat justitia, pereat coelum. My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.”

“I told him that I thought it was law logic — an artificial system of reasoning, exclusively used in Courts of justice, but good for nothing anywhere else.”

“Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.”

“If you can inspire someone, anyone, to dream more, to learn more, to do more, and to become more. Then you are a leader.”

“If your action inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

“Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion
to its numbers the most powerful nation.”

“No one knows, and few conceive, the agony of mind that I have suffered from the time that I was made by circumstances, and not by my volition, a candidate for the Presidency till I was
dismissed from that station by the failure of my election.”

“Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

“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.”

“Pronounce him one of the first men of his age, and you have yet not done him justice.”

“The conflict between the principle of liberty and the fact of slavery is coming gradually to an issue. Slavery has now the power, and falls into convulsions at the approach of freedom.”

“The highest, the transcendent glory of the American Revolution was this — it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the precepts of Christianity.”

“This house will bear witness to his piety; this town, his birthplace, to his munificence; history to his patriotism; posterity to the depth and compass of his mind.”

“This is the last of Earth! I am content.”

“To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so, is something worse.”

“We know the redemption must come.”