John Quincy Adams

6th President of the United States; son of John Adams (1767-1848)

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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.
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
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.
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
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.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
It is a source of gratification and of encouragement to me to observe that the great result of this experiment upon the theory of human rights has at the close of that generation by which it was formed been crowned with success equal to the most sanguine expectations of its founders.
Of the two great political parties which have divided the opinions and feelings of our country, the candid and the just will now admit that both have contributed splendid talents, spotless integrity, ardent patriotism, and disinterested sacrifices to the formation and administration of this Government, and that both have required a liberal indulgence for a portion of human infirmity and error.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Patience and perserverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
The harmony of the nation is promoted and the whole Union is knit together by the sentiments of mutual respect, the habits of social intercourse, and the ties of personal friendship formed between the representatives of its several parts in the performance of their service at this metropolis.

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