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John Paul Jones quotes

John Paul Jones was one of the most famous and widely recognized Naval commanders in US history. He was the naval hero in the American Revolutionary war. He made his name by defeating the well equipped British ship  Serapis off the east coast of England in1779. John Paul Jones was a patriot and is referred to as the “Father of the American Navy”. Here we have collected some of the best quotes of John Paul Jones.

John Paul was born in Scotland in 1747. He was not born in a noble family and his father used to be a gardener.

At the age of 13, John Paul joined the British merchant marine as a cabin boy and begin his seagoing career. As years passed he became the master of a Jamaica-owned slaver brigantine ship in 1766 but soon left the position in disgust for slave trading. In 1773, he was accused of killing one of his men and was arrested. Afraid that he won’t get a fair trial, he fled to American and took the name John Paul Jones to hide his real Identity.

As the American revolution broke out, in 1775 he joined the newly formed continental navy to fight against the British. He was given the command of the sloop providence where he captured sixteen prize British ships along with destroying many ships in Nova Scotia. In 1779, Jone Paul Jones marked the legendary battle in the American Naval history taking down Royal Navy frigate Serapis of the British empire.

After the American Revolution, he served as the rear admiral to the Russian Navy for two years. In 1792, he returned to Paris where he died due to his increased health problems. In 1905, a century later his remains were bought back to America and is now buried in a crypt at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland.

Here are some of the fearless quotes of John Paul Jones.

John Paul Jones Famous Quotes

i have not begun to fight

I have not yet begun to fight!John Paul Jones
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way. John Paul Jones
It is true that I must run a great risk; no gallant action was ever accomplished without danger.John Paul Jones
It is to the last degree distressing to contemplate the state and establishment of our navy… unless the private emolument of individuals in our navy is made superior to that in privateers, it never can become respectable; it never will become formidable. And without a respectable navy – alas, America!John Paul Jones
Since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents, it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well.John Paul Jones
You understand why some animals eat their young.John Paul Jones

no risk cannot win

It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win.John Paul Jones
An honorable Peace is and always was my first wish! I can take no delight in the effusion of human Blood; but, if this War should continue, I wish to have the most active part in it.John Paul Jones
My desire for fame is infinite.John Paul Jones
If fear is cultivated it will become stronger if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery.John Paul Jones
People ask, ‘What was it like when you wrote Stairway to Heaven?’ As if three wise men had come knocking on the door, ‘Excuse me, are you writing Stairway to Heaven here?John Paul Jones
Whoever can surprise well must conquer.John Paul Jones
I’ve never actually seen a tribute band. I can’t really get a hold of the concept. To me, it’s old material. I have no interest in it. I want to see what’s coming now.John Paul Jones

seldom quotes

Where men of fine feeling are concerned there is seldom misunderstanding.John Paul Jones
Nothing exciting ever happens to me.John Paul Jones
It is with great pleasure that I see the political system of almost every power in Europe changing in our favour since the news of our late successes.John Paul Jones
The situation of America is new in the annals of mankind; her affairs cry haste, and speed must answer them.John Paul Jones
A captain of the Navy ought to be a man of strong and well connected sense, with a tolerable good education, a gentleman, as well as a seaman both in theory and practice.John Paul Jones
It is by no means enough that an officer should be capable. He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor. . . . No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention, even if the reward be only one word of approval. Conversely, he should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate.John Paul Jones

american honour quote

I would lay down my life for America but I cannot trifle with my Honor.John Paul Jones
The common class of mankind are actuated by no nobler principle than that of self-interest; this and this alone determines all adventurers in privateers: the owners, as well as those whom they employ. John Paul Jones
Though I have drawn my sword in the present generous struggle for the rights of men, yet I am not in arms as an American, nor am I in pursuit of riches. My fortune is liberal enough, having no wife nor family, and having lived long enough to know that riches cannot ensure happiness.John Paul Jones
if I have done my duty, the continued approbation of Congress and the Marine Committee will make me rich indeed, and far more than reward me for a life of service devoted from principles of philanthropy, to support the dignity of human nature.John Paul Jones
I profess myself a citizen of the world, totally unfettered by the little, mean distinctions of climate or of country, which diminish the benevolence of the heart and set bounds to philanthropy.John Paul Jones
I have sacrificed not only my favourite scheme of life, but the softer affections of the heart, and my prospects of domestic happiness, and I am ready to sacrifice my life also, with cheerfulness, if that forfeiture could restore peace and goodwill among mankind.John Paul Jones


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