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30 John Quincy Adams Quotes (LEADERSHIP)

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Top 12 Most Famous John Quincy Adams on Freedom and Leadership

Try and fail, but don't fail to try.
Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman... before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman… before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
The will of the people is the source and the happiness of the people the end of all legitimate government upon earth.
The will of the people is the source and the happiness of the people the end of all legitimate government upon earth.

“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
I am a warrior, so that my son may be a merchant, so that his son may be a poet.
I am a warrior, so that my son may be a merchant, so that his son may be a poet.
America... goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
America… goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all.
From the experience of the past we derive instructive lessons for the future.
From the experience of the past we derive instructive lessons for the future.
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.
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.
To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so, is something worse.
To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so, is something worse.
The best guarantee against the abuse of power consists in the freedom, the purity, and the frequency of popular elections.
The best guarantee against the abuse of power consists in the freedom, the purity, and the frequency of popular elections.

8 Inspirational John Quincy Adams Quotes to Empower and Motivate You

“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
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.
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.
I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong.
I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong.
We understand now, we've been made to understand, and to embrace the understanding that who we are is who we were.
We understand now, we’ve been made to understand, and to embrace the understanding that who we are is who we were.
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.
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.
It was the special purpose of Christ's appearance upon earth to bring immortality to light.
It was the special purpose of Christ’s appearance upon earth to bring immortality to light.
My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.
My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.

“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

John Quincy Adams Short Biography

Born 11 July 1767, in Braintree, Massachusetts, United States, John Quincy Adams was the 6th American President and was a force in congress that strongly opposed the expansion of slavery. 

He attended Harvard College in 1787. In the same year, he studied law under Theophilus Parsons until 1789.

In 1796 he was appointed as the Ambassador to Portugal in the same year his father won the United States Presidency. He was elected into the Massachusetts senate in 1802, and a year later he became a member of the United States Senate.

Adams was also a professor at Harvard College for rhetoric and oratory in 1806-1809.

He was selected to become the secretary of state for the cabinet of President James Monroe in 1817, in this time Adams was a key figure in the Monroe Doctrine.

On March 4, 1825, Adams was inaugurated as president, during his term he pursued the grant of territory to the Native Americans.

After his presidential term, Adams served as a leading congressman, during which time he worked to cease acts of slavery until his death. 

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