12 John Quincy Adams Quotes

  • "Whenever vanity and gaiety, a love of pomp and dress, furniture, equipage, buildings, great company, expensive diversions, and elegant entertainments get the better of the principles and judgments of men and women, there is no knowing where they will stop, nor into what evils, natural, moral, or political, they will lead us."

    - John Quincy Adams
    Topics: Good and Evil


  • "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
    Topics: The Bible


  • "I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth."

    - John Quincy Adams
    Topics: Government, America, Providence


  • "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
    Topics: The Bible, Virtue


  • "And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of order, the Fountain of justice, and the Protector, in all ages of the world, of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its government, and give it all possible success and duration, consistent with the ends of His providence."

    - John Quincy Adams
    Topics: Government, Providence, America


  • "The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations."

    - John Quincy Adams
    Topics: Government


  • "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
    Topics: Scripture


  • "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

    - John Quincy Adams
    Topics: Government


  • "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."

    - John Quincy Adams
    Topics: Truth, Passion


  • "As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children."

    - John Quincy Adams
    Topics: Family, Children


  • "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."

    - John Quincy Adams
    Topics: Encouragement, The Heart


  • "Always vote for a principle, though you vote alone, and you may cherish the sweet reflection that your vote is never lost."

    - John Quincy Adams
    Topics: Government



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