John Quincy Adams Quotes


John Quincy Adams, the son of second President John Adams. He became the 6th President of the United States and served only for a single term, a brilliant diplomat and the secretary of state, his presidency was marred by bitter partisan politics.

"Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel."

John Quincy Adams

"Occasional war is one of the rigorous instruments in the hands of Providence to give tone to the character of nations."

John Quincy Adams

"Individual liberty is individual power."

John Quincy Adams

"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

"The best guarantee against the abuse of power consists in the freedom, the purity, and the frequency of popular elections."

John Quincy Adams

"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

"It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future."

John Quincy Adams

"Those who take oaths to politically powerful secret societies cannot be depended on for loyalty to a democratic republic."

John Quincy Adams

"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."

John Quincy Adams

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

John Quincy Adams

"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

"The freedom of the press should be inviolate."

John Quincy Adams

"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

"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

"The firmest security of peace is the preparation during peace of the defences of war."

John Quincy Adams

"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

"The will of the people is the source and the happiness of the people the end of all legitimate government upon earth."

John Quincy Adams

"To believe that everyone is honest is folly, but to believe that no one is honest is worse."

John Quincy Adams

"The law is an artificial human construct, quite arbitrary, and of absolutely no use anywhere else but in a court of law!"

John Quincy Adams

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

John Quincy Adams

"I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year."

John Quincy Adams

"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

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

John Quincy Adams

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

John Quincy Adams

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

John Quincy Adams

"Every temptation is an opportunity of our getting nearer to God."

John Quincy Adams

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