John Quincy Adams Quotes




“Duty is ours; results are God's”

“Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel”

“Where annual elections end where slavery begins.”

“Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity!”

"Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone."

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

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

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

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

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

"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."

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

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

"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws."

"And may He who searches the hearts of the children of men prosper your exertions to secure the blessings of peace and promote the highest welfare of your country."

"We know the redemption must come. The time and the manner of its coming we know not: It may come in peace, or it may come in blood; but whether in peace or in blood, LET IT COME."

"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."

"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."

“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.”

"I shall look for whatever success may attend my public service; and knowing that "except the Lord keep the city the watchman waketh but in vain," with fervent supplications for His favor, to His overruling providence I commit with humble but fearless confidence my own fate and the future destinies of my country."

“It is essential...that you should form and adopt certain rules or principles, for the government of your own conduct and temper. Unless you have such rules and principles, there will be numberless occasions on which you will have no guide for your government but your passions...It is in the Bible, you must learn them, and from the Bible how to practice them.”

"While dwelling with pleasing satisfaction upon the superior excellence of our political institutions, let us not be unmindful that liberty is power; that the nation blessed with the largest portion of liberty must in proportion to its numbers be the most powerful nation upon earth, and that the tenure of power by man is, in the moral purposes of his Creator, upon condition that it shall be exercised to ends of beneficence, to improve the condition of himself and his fellow men."

"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. That the fall of slavery is predetermined in the counsels of Omnipotence I cannot doubt; it is a part of the great moral improvement in the condition of man, attested by all the records of history. But the conflict will be terrible, and the progress of improvement perhaps retrograde before its final progress to consummation."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com