John Quincy Adams Quotes

Adams' Last Words

This is the last of earth! I am content. John Quincy Adams' last words Source:Life of John Quincy Adams


"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." John Quincy Adams Source:


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. John Quincy Adams Source:


"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." John Quincy Adams Source: "So great is my veneration for the Bible, that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society." John Quincy Adams Source: "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." John Quincy Adams Source:


To live without having a Cicero and a Tacitus at hand seems to me as if it was aprivation of one of my limbs." John Quincy Adams Source:

Congress and Cabals

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. John Quincy Adams Source:


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


Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. John Quincy Adams Source:


Duty is ours; results are God's. John Quincy Adams Source:


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


Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel. John Quincy Adams Source:


Yesterday the greatest question was decided which was ever debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States. John Quincy Adams Source:in a letter to Mrs. Adams

Individual Liberty

"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." John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) 6th US President Source: Letter to James Lloyd, 1 October 1822


"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 (1767-1848) 6th US President


If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams Source:


Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. John Quincy Adams Source:


Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. John Quincy Adams Source:


Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. John Quincy Adams Source:


"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 Source:

Running for President

This mode of electioneering suited neither my taste nor my principles. I thought it equally unsuitable to my personal character and to the station in which I am placed. John Quincy Adams Source:

Self Rule

The declaration that our People are hostile to a government made by themselves, for themselves, and conducted by themselves, is an insult. John Quincy Adams Source:in an address to the citizens of Westmoreland County, Virginia


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. John Quincy Adams Source:


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 Source: Diary

Wish for Posterity

"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." John Quincy Adams Source: Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity! John Quincy Adams Source:in a speech at Plymouth, Massachusetts

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