John Paul Jones Quotes

I have not yet begun to fight.

Give me a fast ship, for I intend to go in harm’s way.

It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.

Men mean more than guns in the rating of a ship.

He who will not risk cannot win.

It is by no means enough that an officer of the Navy should be a capable mariner.

Sailors, with two exceptions, never shirk a fight.

It is our clear duty, as men and women and as a nation, to call to the attention of our fellow citizens every event and incident which might call for their applause or concern.

Wherever the ship may go, the work is the same—the ship is my body and I am its soul.

I have not yet begun to fight, but I will not cease until victory is achieved.

I will go anywhere and do anything in the service of my country.

The protection of the people is the paramount duty of government.

We have every right to call ourselves the greatest nation in the world.

We must meet aggression and conquest with courage and determination.

A ship without a captain is like a body without a soul.

Our freedom is not a gift; it is a responsibility.

Duty is the most sublime word in our language.

I have the heart of a patriot and the soul of a warrior.

The sea is my home and the ocean is my playground.

I will fight for what is right, even if I stand alone.

The Navy is more than a job; it is a calling.

I will not rest until every enemy is vanquished.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.

Victory is sweetest when it is hard fought.

I am not afraid of storms; for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Every man thinks he is the best seaman until he sails with me.

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.

A good sailor is never afraid of the unknown.

To command is to serve, and to serve is to lead.

The sea is vast, and so is the potential of mankind.

I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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