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Most ardent reformers are accompanied by but equal portion of dullness . John Quincy Adams
He had to pause for his usual misgivings.
Because he was suffering doubts about himself and his future, Adams may have felt comfort demeaning the behavior and the character of women.
The president notices that when he takes off his coat to dig, people take more notice of the visual than they did his preceding remarks.
John Quincy Adams, denying his sons permission to come home for college holidays for under-performance: "I would feel nothing but sorrow and shame at your presence.
He must become an apprentice to ordinary life.
I carry too much of the week into the Sabbath, and too little of the Sabbath into the week. John Quincy Adams
The aging Adams delightedly describes being surrounded by books on so many different subjects that interested him as "baits on fishhooks".
The two grappled in the quiet of old-fashioned personal diplomacy.
Adams met with a convention on keeping the Sabbath and found the atmosphere surprisingly similar to that in Congress. Legalistic disputes so abounded that he found it difficult to keep order.
Ambition distorts even memory itself. John Quincy Adams
Shakespeare's work had a liberating influence.
John Quincy Adams strove to escape commonplace thoughts.
Rather than pound or a national mind that he believed had been closed by his critics, John Quincy Adams decided to seek a place in the is the esteem of future generations.
Abigail Adams is willing to risk her son's exposure to danger in Europe so that he can be at his fathers side, at an age where he can "most benefit from his father's example and precepts.
Amusement and annoyance are, perhaps, both forms of denial.
Since chess was such a painful test of intellect, it affected his emotions too much to be sport.
The world shall retire from me before I shall retire from the world. John Quincy Adams
The life-changing encounters that John Quincy Adams made as an adolescent on his own in Stockholm began with a friendship he struck up at a bookstore.
Foolish defiance was his lifelong response to being ill.
Quite possibly, this depressive illness was the familiar sort that grew from perfectionist expectations.
It is the doom of the Christian church to be always distracted with controversy. John Quincy Adams
Our religion was the religion of a Book. Man must be educated on Earth for Heaven. John Quincy Adams
The author points out that the moral failure of Abigail Adams' brother focused her on disciplining her children, and herself, so that they did not come to the same end.
No sermon I have heard or read touched my heart with half the force of this puppet show. John Quincy Adams
My countenance in my old-age does injustice to my heart. John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams' depression was treated by his aunt with some reliable remedies, first sleep and then compassion. She said, " He was half cared for by having someone to care for him.