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Quotes of the day: John Quincy Adams

Published Thursday, July 10, 2014 @ 10:28 PM EDT
Jul 10 2014

John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767 - February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of Representatives. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals.

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

(America) goes not 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.

And say not thou 'My country right or wrong,' nor shed thy blood for an unhallowed cause.

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

Death fixes forever the relation existing between the departed spirit and the survivors upon earth.

I inhabit a week, 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. (on his advanced age)

Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel.

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

In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow men, not knowing what they do.

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.

It is among the evils of slavery that it taints the very sources of moral principle. It establishes false estimates of virtue and vice: for what can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend upon the color of the skin?

The great problem of legislation is, so to organize the civil government of a community... that in the operation of human institutions upon social action, self-love and social may be made the same.

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

This is the last of Earth! I am content. (last words)

To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is... the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence

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