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JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
American 6th president of U.S.
(1767 - 1848)

A man's diary is a record in youth of his sentiments, in middle age of his actions, in old age of his reflections.
      - [Diary]

All that I am, my mother made me.
      - [Mothers]

Every temptation is an opportunity of our getting nearer to God.
      - [Temptation]

Fame! that common crier.
      - [Fame]

I told him it was law logic--an artificial system of reasoning, exclusively used in courts of justice, but good for nothing anywhere else.
      - attributed to, to John Marshall
        [Justice : Logic]

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.
      - in a letter to A. Bronson [Charity]

Life is a problem; mortal man was made to solve the solemn problem right or wrong.
      - [Life]

My toast would be, may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.
      - [America]

The declaration that our People are hostile to a government made by themselves, for themselves, and conducted by themselves, is an insult.
      - in an address to the citizens of Westmoreland County, Virginia
        [Government]

The freedom of the press should be inviolate.
      - [Printing]

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.
      - in a letter to Mrs. Adams [Holidays]

Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity!
      - in a speech at Plymouth, Massachusetts
        [Posterity]

This hand, to tyrants ever sworn the foe,
  For freedom only deals the deadly blow;
    Then sheathes in calm repose the vengeful blade,
      For gentle peace in freedom's hallowed shade.
      - written in an album [Peace]

Westward the star of empire takes its way.
      - in an oration at Plymouth, Massachusetts
        [Progress]

Yesterday the greatest question was decided which was ever debated in America; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.
      - in a letter to Mrs. Adams [Government]

. . . The manners of women are the surest criterion by which to determine whether a republican government is practicable in a nation or not.
      - Diary [Government]

This is the last of earth! I am content.
      - Life of John Quincy Adams, his last words
        [Last Words]

"Man wants but little here below
  Nor wants that little long,"
    'Tis not with me exactly so;
      But 'tis so in the song.
        My wants are many, and, if told,
          Would muster many a score;
            And were each wish a mint of gold,
              I still should long for more.
      - The Wants of Man [Wishes]

The die was now cast; I had passed the Rubicon. Swim or sink, live or die, survive or perish with my country was my unalterable determination.
      - Works (vol. IV, p. 8),
        in a conversation with Jonathan Sewell
        [Patriotism]


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