Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

John Quincy Adams quote

“Whenever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions and her prayers. But she does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the wellwisher to freedom and independence for all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She well knows that by once enlisting other banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extridition, in all wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom….She might become the dictress of the world but would no longer be ruler of her own spirit….Americans should not go abroad to slay dragons they do not understand in the name of spreading democracy.”\

__John Quincy Adams__ As Secretary of State

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Where can I obtain the full and accurate text of J Q Adams 1821 July 4th address to Congress??? I have heard a key passage quoted as both ‘monsters to destroy’ and as ‘dragons to slay’. It cannot be both. Which one is it???



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