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John Quincy Adams Quote: “If your actions 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.

— John Quincy Adams



John Quincy Adams Quote: “Individual liberty is individual power.”

Individual liberty is individual power.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Whoever tells the best story wins.”

Whoever tells the best story wins.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Duty is ours, results are God’s.”

Duty is ours, results are God’s.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”

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

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “I am a warrior, so that my son may be a merchant, so that his son may be a poet.”

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

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone.”

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “I have to study politics and war so that my sons can study mathematics, commerce and agriculture, so their sons can study poetry, painting and music.”

I have to study politics and war so that my sons can study mathematics, commerce and agriculture, so their sons can study poetry, painting and music.

— John Quincy Adams


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

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

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.”

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.

— John Quincy Adams



John Quincy Adams Quote: “Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions and her prayers.”

Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions and her prayers.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The freedom of the press should be inviolate.”

The freedom of the press should be inviolate.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “From the experience of the past we derive instructive lessons for the future.”

From the experience of the past we derive instructive lessons for the future.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The four most miserable years of my life were my four years in the presidency.”

The four most miserable years of my life were my four years in the presidency.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “A stout heart, a clear conscience, and never despair.”

A stout heart, a clear conscience, and never despair.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.”

Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The Bible carries with it the history of the creation, the fall and redemption of man, and discloses to him, in the infant born at Bethlehem, the Legislator and Savior of the world.”

The Bible carries with it the history of the creation, the fall and redemption of man, and discloses to him, in the infant born at Bethlehem, the Legislator and Savior of the world.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Find a mission that you can give yourself over to and then spend your days moving that mission forward. Man is made so that when anything fires his soul the impossibilities vanish. The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.”

Find a mission that you can give yourself over to and then spend your days moving that mission forward. Man is made so that when anything fires his soul the impossibilities vanish. The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The firmest security of peace is the preparation during peace of the defenses of war.”

The firmest security of peace is the preparation during peace of the defenses of war.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “A man’s diary is a record in youth of his sentiments, in middle age of his actions, in old age of his reflections.”

A man’s diary is a record in youth of his sentiments, in middle age of his actions, in old age of his reflections.

— John Quincy Adams



John Quincy Adams Quote: “Civil liberty can be established on no foundation of human reason which will not at the same time demonstrate the right of religious freedom.”

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

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “We understand now, we’ve been made to understand, and to embrace the understanding that who we are is who we were.”

We understand now, we’ve been made to understand, and to embrace the understanding that who we are is who we were.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The Bible contains the revelation of the will of God. It contains the history of the creation of the world, and of mankind.”

The Bible contains the revelation of the will of God. It contains the history of the creation of the world, and of mankind.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.”

The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.”

So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Our political way of life is by the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, and of course presupposes the existence of God, the moral ruler of the universe, and a rule of right and wrong, of just and unjust, binding upon man, preceding all institutions of human society and government.”

Our political way of life is by the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, and of course presupposes the existence of God, the moral ruler of the universe, and a rule of right and wrong, of just and unjust, binding upon man, preceding all institutions of human society and government.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Westward the star of empire takes its way.”

Westward the star of empire takes its way.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “There is in the clergy of all Christian denominations a time-serving, cringing, subservient morality, as wide from the spirit of the gospel as it is from the intrepid assertion and vindication of truth.”

There is in the clergy of all Christian denominations a time-serving, cringing, subservient morality, as wide from the spirit of the gospel as it is from the intrepid assertion and vindication of truth.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “It is no slight testimonial, both to the merit and worth of Christianity, that in all ages since its promulgation the great mass of those who have risen to eminence by their profound wisdom and integrity have recognized and reverenced Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of the living God.”

It is no slight testimonial, both to the merit and worth of Christianity, that in all ages since its promulgation the great mass of those who have risen to eminence by their profound wisdom and integrity have recognized and reverenced Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of the living God.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “America is a friend of freedom everywhere, but a custodian only of our own.”

America is a friend of freedom everywhere, but a custodian only of our own.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The Sermon on the Mount commands me to lay up for myself treasures, not upon earth, but in Heaven. My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ.”

The Sermon on the Mount commands me to lay up for myself treasures, not upon earth, but in Heaven. My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “I would much rather be found guilty of making a serious mistake in judgment, than to be accused of being even a little bit insincere.”

I would much rather be found guilty of making a serious mistake in judgment, than to be accused of being even a little bit insincere.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.”

The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Not stones, nor wood, nor the art of artisans make a state; but where men are who know how to take care of themselves, these are cities and walls.”

Not stones, nor wood, nor the art of artisans make a state; but where men are who know how to take care of themselves, these are cities and walls.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “I say women exhibit the most exalted virtue when they depart from the domestic circle and enter on the concerns of their country, of humanity, and of their G-d!”

I say women exhibit the most exalted virtue when they depart from the domestic circle and enter on the concerns of their country, of humanity, and of their G-d!

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “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 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.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The art of making love, muffled up in furs, in the open air, with the thermometer at Zero, is a Yankee invention.”

The art of making love, muffled up in furs, in the open air, with the thermometer at Zero, is a Yankee invention.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “This hand, to tyrants ever sworn the foe, For Freedom only deals the deadly blow; Then sheathes in calm repose the vengeful blade, For gentle peace in Freedom’s hallowed shade.”

This hand, to tyrants ever sworn the foe, For Freedom only deals the deadly blow; Then sheathes in calm repose the vengeful blade, For gentle peace in Freedom’s hallowed shade.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The manners of women are the surest criterion by which to determine whether a republican government is practicable in a nation or not.”

The manners of women are the surest criterion by which to determine whether a republican government is practicable in a nation or not.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Slavery is the great and foul stain upon the North American Union.”

Slavery is the great and foul stain upon the North American Union.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “I inhabit a weak, frail, decayed tenement; battered by the winds and broken in on by the storms, and, from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend to repair.”

I inhabit a weak, frail, decayed tenement; battered by the winds and broken in on by the storms, and, from all I can learn, the landlord does not intend to repair.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The magistrate is the servant not of his own desires, not even of the people, but of his God.”

The magistrate is the servant not of his own desires, not even of the people, but of his God.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “My stern chase after time is, to borrow a simile from Tom Paine, like the race of a man with a wooden leg after a horse.”

My stern chase after time is, to borrow a simile from Tom Paine, like the race of a man with a wooden leg after a horse.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “May our country be always successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.”

May our country be always successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Saviour?”

Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Saviour?

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.”

The experience of all former ages had shown that of all human governments, democracy was the most unstable, fluctuating and short-lived.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “I want a warm and faithful friend, To cheer the adverse hour; Who ne’er to flatter will descend, Nor bend the knee to power,- A friend to chide me when I’m wrong, My inmost soul to see; And that my friendship prove as strong For him as his for me.”

I want a warm and faithful friend, To cheer the adverse hour; Who ne’er to flatter will descend, Nor bend the knee to power,- A friend to chide me when I’m wrong, My inmost soul to see; And that my friendship prove as strong For him as his for me.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth...”

The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth...

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. Sir Anthony Hopkins portrayal of me was adequate. I do believe that my sideburns were of substantially higher quality, however.”

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. Sir Anthony Hopkins portrayal of me was adequate. I do believe that my sideburns were of substantially higher quality, however.

— John Quincy Adams


John Quincy Adams Quote: “What is the right of the huntsman to the forest of a thousand miles over which he has accidentally ranged in quest of prey? Shall the fields and vallies, which a beneficent God has formed to teem with the life of innumerable multitudes, be condemned to everlasting barrenness?”

What is the right of the huntsman to the forest of a thousand miles over which he has accidentally ranged in quest of prey? Shall the fields and vallies, which a beneficent God has formed to teem with the life of innumerable multitudes, be condemned to everlasting barrenness?

— John Quincy Adams

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