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Quotes from John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams' Words


John Quincy Adams, the son of John Adams, was an accomplished statesman and is often considered by historians to be one of the best Secretary of States that America has had. However, in the 1824 presidential election against Andrew Jackson, Adams lost the popular vote. His choice to win by the House of Representatives was called the Corrupt Bargain by his detractors because one of his opponents in the race, Henry Clay, dropped out allowing Adams to win. Clay was later given a post in Adams' administration.

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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."

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

"The manners of women are the surest criterion by which to determine whether a republican government is practicable in a nation or not."

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."

"Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity!"

"To respect the rights of the State governments is the inviolable duty of that of the Union; the government of every State will feel its own obligation to respect and preserve the rights of the whole."

"Civil liberty can be established on no foundation of human reason which will not at the same time demonstrate the right of religious freedom."

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