John Quincy Adams Quotes

This is a compilation of some of my favorite John Quincy Adams quotes.

John Quincy Adams was lawyer, diplomat, writer and diarist who served as the sixth president of the United States, from 1825 to 1829. Prior to becoming president, John Quincy Adams served as a diplomat in the administrations of George Washington, his father John Adams, and James Madison

As a writer, John Quincy Adams published books and writings like Letters on Freemasonry, Lectures on rhetoric and oratory as well as many others.

Here are some famous John Quincy Adams quotes about the Bible, religion, democracy, leadership, aging as well as many other interesting topics of life:

Famous John Quincy Adams Quotes

Famous John Quincy Adams Quotes

1. Though it cost the blood of millions of white men, let it come. Let justice be done. -John Quincy Adams

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

3. Occasional war is one of the rigorous instruments in the hands of Providence to give tone to the character of nations. -John Quincy Adams

4. 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

5. A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.

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6. Thus situated, the perilous experiment must be made. Let me make it with full deliberations, and be prepared for the consequences. -John Quincy Adams

7. 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

8. 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

9. A wiser and more useful philosophy, however, directs us to consider man according to the nature in which he was formed; subject to infirmities, which no wisdom can remedy; to weaknesses, which no institution can strengthen; to vices, which no legislation can correct. -John Quincy Adams

10. When (an advocate) is not thoroughly acquainted with the real strength and weakness of his cause, he knows not where to choose the most impressive argument. When the mark is shrouded in obscurity, the only substitute for accuracy in the aim is in the multitude of the shafts. -John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams Quotes About The Bible

John Quincy Adams Quotes About The Bible

11. The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. -John Quincy Adams

12. 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

13. My custom is to read four or five chapters of the Bible every morning immediately after rising. It seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the day. It is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue. -John Quincy Adams

14. To read the Bible is of itself a laudable occupation and can scarcely fail of being a useful employment of time; but the habit of reflecting upon what you have read is equally essential as than of reading itself, to give it all the efficacy of which it is susceptible. -John Quincy Adams

15. THE Gospel of Christ not only differs from all other systems of religion in the superior excellence of the truths it reveals, but also in the directions it gives for the propagation of its doctrines. Other systems seek to advance themselves by invoking the aid of the secular power, and by forcing men, against their convictions, to accept a theory repugnant to their views. They have thus succeeded in thronging their temples with hypocritical worshippers, bound to tlieir altars through fear and slavish dread. These systems, in order to maintain themselves, find it necessary to proscribe and persecute all who differ from them, either in their articles of belief or mode of worship. But the Gospel of Christ, though it is the infallible truth of God, expressly prohibits a resort to any such measures for its advancement. It not only teaches its adherents to utterly abandon the use of carnal weapons for its propagation, but it also charges them not to proscribe those who may differ in their views or mode of worship. This principle is directly expressed in the text and its connection. The teaching of the Savior has been violated, however, even by his professed followers; and, in the name of the meek and lowly Jesus, men have gone forth with proscription, oppression, and persecution, to advance their own opinions, and crush out that liberty of thought, and those rights of conscience vouchsafed to man by his Maker, and the free exercise of which is alone compatible with his personal accountability.

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16. 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

17. 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. -John Quincy Adams

18. 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

19. 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 Quotes On Democracy

John Quincy Adams Quotes On Democracy

20. My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right. -John Quincy Adams

21. 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

22. 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

23. Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth.

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24. America… goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. -John Quincy Adams

25. 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

26. If the fundamental principles in the Declaration of Independence, as self-evident truths, are real truths, the existence of slavery, in any form, is a wrong. -John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams Quotes On Religion

27. It was the special purpose of Christ’s appearance upon earth to bring immortality to light. -John Quincy Adams

28. 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. -John Quincy Adams

29. The law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code; it contained many statutes . . . of universal application-laws essential to the existence of men in society, and most of which have been enacted by every nation which ever professed any code of laws. -John Quincy Adams

30. The Lord saw fit to lead me some time by simple faith—a childlike dependence on the Word of God. And then, when I was emptied of self, I was filled with glory and with God. For the first time in my life, my soul was continually satisfied. My need was all supplied. Oh, the fulness of Jesus ! I was saved, fully saved from sin. Years have passed since I received from the Lord the blessing I sought of him—entire sanctification. -John Quincy Adams

31. By infant baptism a person is committed, while unconscious, to a certain church; he is made a member of that church. Now, unless that church is infallible, it has no right to make a person a member without his consent; for, it may commit him to an alliance with error, and to the defenee of it. But all churches are fallible, they may err; a person who is made a member of such a church in infancy, may discover an error in that church when he arrives at maturity. Without his own consent, he has been committed to that error; he was not left free to choose, where it is evident, from the nature of things, a choice might have been exercised. Pedobaptism is therefore inconsistent with liberty. -John Quincy Adams

32. 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.

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33. The more you meditate on the laws of Moses, the more striking and brighter does their wisdom appear. -John Quincy Adams

34. According to the Stoics, all vice was resolvable into folly: according to the Christian principle, it is all the effect of weakness. -John Quincy Adams

35. This idea of the transcendent power of the Supreme Being is essentially connected with that by which the whole duty of man is summed up: obedience to His will. -John Quincy Adams

36. The Lord has indeed done great things for me, whereof I am glad. I have often thought I was a poor, unworthy creature, but I have never known my unworthiness as I know it now. Oh, how I have been led to loathe myself; and how I have sunk in self-abasement at the foot of the cross, completely overwhelmed with a view of self. And oh, how sweet to have Jesus take me, and wash me in his own precious blood, and realize that I am cleansed. Oh, how fully Jesus does save. My greatest desire now, is to live for Jesus; to glorify him by my looks, my actions, my walk, and even the tones of my voice. I am led to see my own weakness more and more each day, and this leads me to look to Jesus each moment. -John Quincy Adams

37. They taught that the church of which Jesus is the Head, was a spiritual organization, composed not of those who came into it by hereditary descent, but of those who were born of the Spirit. But, there has been a departure from these principles; and organizations now exist, under the designation of Christian churches, which aim to unite the church and the world, and introduce the impious, and ungodly, and profane, into Christ’s kingdom – thus reversing his declaration, that his “kingdom is not of this world.” Against this innovation Baptists strenuously protest. We announce, then, as the Second Feature of the reform in which Baptists are engaged, THE RESTORATION OF THE SPIRITUALITY OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM. -John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams Quotes On Leadership

John Quincy Adams Quotes On Leadership

38. Try and fail, but don’t fail to try. -John Quincy Adams

39. Be a great speaker, become a leader. -John Quincy Adams

40. I am a warrior, so that my son may be a merchant, so that his son may be a poet. -John Quincy Adams

41. No one knows, and few conceive, the agony of mind that I have suffered from the time that I was made by circumstances, and not by my volition, a candidate for the Presidency till I was dismissed from that station by the failure of my election. -John Quincy Adams

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

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

44. 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

45. It is my wish to fill every moment of my time with some action of the mind which may contribute to the pleasure or the improvement of my fellow creatures. -John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams Quotes On Aging

John Quincy Adams Quotes On Aging

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

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John Quincy Adams Amistad Quotes

John Quincy Adams Amistad Quotes

47. Truth has been driven from this case like a slave, flogged from court to court, wretched and destitute. -John Quincy Adams

 48. Well, when I was an attorney, a long time ago, young man, I err… I realized, after much trial and error, that in the courtroom, whoever tells the best story wins. In un-lawyerlike fashion, I give you that scrap of wisdom free of charge. -John Quincy Adams

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

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50. Cause I can assure you, sir, having been over there, only one thing occupies his thoughts this time of the year, being all things to all people, which, of course, means be nothing to no one. In other words, gettin’ himself re-elected. -John Quincy Adams

51. How is it that a simple plain property issue should now find itself so ignobled as to be argued before the Supreme Court of the United States of America? I mean, do we fear that all courts which found for as easily somehow missed the truth, is that it? Or is it rather our great and consuming fear of Civil War that has allowed us to heap symbolism upon a simple case than ever has been? And now it would have us disregard truth, even as it stands before us tall and proud as a man. The truth… the truth, has been driven from this case like a slave from court to court, wretched and destitute. -John Quincy Adams