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John Quincy Adams
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The laws of man may bind him in chains or may put him to death, but they never can make him wise, virtuous, or happy. John Quincy Adams
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There is such seduction in a library of good books that I cannot resist the temptation to luxuriate in reading. John Quincy Adams
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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. John Quincy Adams
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Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Saviour? John Quincy Adams
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A barbarian who could not write a sentence of grammar and hardly could spell his own name.... One of our tribe of great men who turn disease to commodity...he craves the sympathy for sickness as a portion of his glory. John Quincy Adams
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Whoever tells the best story wins. John Quincy Adams
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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
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The first and almost the only Book deserving of universal attention is the Bible. John Quincy Adams
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His face is livid, gaunt his whole body, his breath is green with gall; his tongue drips poison. John Quincy Adams
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Civil liberty can be established on no foundation of human reason which will not at the same time demonstrate the right of religious freedom. John Quincy Adams
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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
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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. John Quincy Adams
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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
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The imagination of a eunuch dwells more and longer upon the material of love than that of man or woman ... supplying, so far as he can, by speculation, the place of pleasures he can no longer enjoy. John Quincy Adams
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Death fixes forever the relation existing between the departed spirit and the survivors upon earth. John Quincy Adams
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There still remains one effort of magnanimity, one sacrifice of prejudice and passion, to be made by the individuals throughout the nation who have heretofore followed the standards of political party. It is that of discarding every remnant of rancor against each other, of embracing as countrymen and friends, and of yielding to talents and virtue alone that confidence which in times of contention for principle was bestowed only upon those who bore the badge of party communion. John Quincy Adams
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Slavery is the great and foul stain upon the North American Union... A dissolution, at least temporary, of the Union, as now constituted, would now be certainly necessary... The Union might then be reorganized on the fundamental principle of emancipation. John Quincy Adams
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To believe that everyone is honest is folly, but to believe that no one is honest is worse. John Quincy Adams
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The magistrate is the servant not of his own desires, not even of the people, but of his God John Quincy Adams
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It is so obvious to every reasonable being that he did not make himself, and the world in which he inhabits could as little make itself, that the moment we begin to exercise the power of reflection, it seems impossible to escape the conviction that there is a Creator. John Quincy Adams
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I have to study politics and war so that my sons can study mathematics, commerce and agriculture, so their sons can study poetry, painting and music. John Quincy Adams
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All that I am my mother made me. John Quincy Adams
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America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. Sir Anthony Hopkins portrayal of me was adequate. I do believe that my sideburns were of substantially higher quality, however. John Quincy Adams
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To a man of liberal education, the study of history is not only useful, and important, but altogether indispensable, and with regard to the history contained in the Bible ...it is not so much praiseworthy to be acquainted with as it is shameful to be ignorant of it. John Quincy Adams
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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
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...he [Muhammad] declared undistinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind...The precept of the Koran is, perpetual war against all who deny, that Mahomet is the prophet of God. John Quincy Adams
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This is the last of earth! I am content. John Quincy Adams
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If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams
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Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. John Quincy Adams
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The Bible carries with it the history of the creation, the fall and redemption of man, and discloses to him, in the infant born at Bethlehem, the Legislator and Savior of the world. John Quincy Adams
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Slavery is the great and foul stain upon the North American Union. John Quincy Adams
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The great interests of an agricultural, commercial, and manufacturing nation are so linked in union together that no permanent cause of prosperity to one of them can operate without extending its influence to the others. All these interests are alike under the protecting power of the legislative authority, and the duties of the representative bodies are to conciliate them in harmony together. John Quincy Adams
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From the experience of the past we derive instructive lessons for the future. John Quincy Adams
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The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth... John Quincy Adams
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No book in the world deserves to be so unceasingly studied, and so profoundly meditated upon as the Bible. John Quincy Adams
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The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality. John Quincy Adams
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America is a friend of freedom everywhere, but a custodian only of our own. John Quincy Adams
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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. John Quincy Adams
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A man's diary is a record in youth of his sentiments, in middle age of his actions, in old age of his reflections. John Quincy Adams
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America... well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extraction, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force.... She might become dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit. John Quincy Adams
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It has been my custom for many years to read the Bible in its entirety once a year John Quincy Adams
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Idleness is sweet, and its consequences are cruel. John Quincy Adams
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We understand now, we've been made to understand, and to embrace the understanding that who we are is who we were. John Quincy Adams
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America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She well knows that by enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom. John Quincy Adams
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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
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The will of the people is the source and the happiness of the people the end of all legitimate government upon earth. John Quincy Adams
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All the public business in Congress now connects itself with intrigues, and there is great danger that the whole government will degenerate into a struggle of cabals. John Quincy Adams
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What is the right of the huntsman to the forest of a thousand miles over which he has accidentally ranged in quest of prey? Shall the fields and vallies, which a beneficent God has formed to teem with the life of innumerable multitudes, be condemned to everlasting barrenness? John Quincy Adams
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There is nothing so deep and nothing so shallow which political enmity will not turn to account. John Quincy Adams
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May our country be always successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right. John Quincy Adams
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America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government. John Quincy Adams
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I cannot ask of heaven success, even for my country, in a cause where she should be in the wrong. John Quincy Adams
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Roll, years of promise, rapidly roll round, till not a slave shall on this earth be found. John Quincy Adams
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A gentleman of one of the first fortunes upon the continent...sacrificing his ease, and hazarding all in the cause of his country. John Quincy Adams
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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
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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
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Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers and of love for our posterity. John Quincy Adams
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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. John Quincy Adams
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The inconsistency of the institution of domestic slavery with the principles of the Declaration of Independence was seen and lamented . . . no insincerity or hypocrisy can be fairly laid to their charge. Never from their lips was heard one syllable of attempt to justify the institution of slavery. They universally considered it as a reproach fastened upon them by the unnatural step-mother country and they saw that before the principles of the Declaration of Independence slavery, in common with every other mode of oppression, was destined sooner or later to be banished from the earth. John Quincy Adams
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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
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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
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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
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The public history of all countries, and all ages, is but a sort of mask, richly colored. The interior working of the machinery must be foul. John Quincy Adams
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There is in the clergy of all Christian denominations a time-serving, cringing, subservient morality, as wide from the spirit of the gospel as it is from the intrepid assertion and vindication of truth. John Quincy Adams
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[I believe in the] rebuilding of Judea as an independent nation. John Quincy Adams
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To preserve, to improve, and to perpetuate the sources and to direct in their most effective channels the streams which contribute to the public weal is the purpose for which Government was instituted. John Quincy Adams
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In the American hemisphere the cause of freedom and independence has continued to prevail, and if signalized by none of those splendid triumphs which had crowned with glory some of the preceding years it has only been from the banishment of all external force against which the struggle had been maintained. The shout of victory has been superseded by the expulsion of the enemy over whom it could have been achieved. John Quincy Adams
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The American continents, by the free and independent condition that they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonisation byany European powers? In the wars of the Europeanpowers inmattersrelating to ourselves, we have never taken any part; nor does it comport with our policy to do so. John Quincy Adams
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The great problem of legislation is, so to organize the civil government of a community ... that in the operation of human institutions upon social action, self-love and social may be made the same. John Quincy Adams
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The Sermon on the Mount commands me to lay up for myself treasures, not upon earth, but in Heaven. My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ. John Quincy Adams
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