John Quincy Adams
Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.
Duty is ours, results are God's.
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.