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In the American Revolutionary War, John Paul Jones was a Scottish-American navy captain who became the country’s first well-known naval leader.

He made many friends and adversaries among the political elites of the United States, including John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin, and his acts in British seas during the Revolution won him a worldwide notoriety that he still has today. He is sometimes referred to as the “Father of the American Navy” because of this.

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Best John Paul Jones Quotes

You understand why some animals eat their young. ~ John Paul Jones.

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

It is true that I must run a great risk; no gallant action was ever accomplished without danger. ~ John Paul Jones.

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He who will not risk cannot win. ~ John Paul Jones.

Whoever can surprise well must conquer. ~ 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.

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 only, determines all adventurers in privateers, the owners as well as those they employ. ~ John Paul Jones.

Much wisdom, and more knowledge than we possess, is in my humble opinion necessary to the formation of such a naval constitution as is absolutely wanting. ~ John Paul Jones.

Nothing exciting ever happens to me. ~ 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.

My desire for fame is infinite. ~ John Paul Jones.

Inspirational John Paul Jones Quotes

Where men of fine feeling are concerned there is seldom misunderstanding. ~ John Paul Jones.

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I may sink, but I’ll be damned if I strike! ~ John Paul Jones.

One slightly naughty thing I was thinking as I was watching the MTV thing, is how many people it took to replace me, and how few people it’s taken me to replace them. ~ John Paul Jones.

If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery. ~ John Paul Jones.

I have not as yet thought of it, but am determined to make you strike. ~ 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.

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.

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.

Motivational John Paul Jones Quotes

It was my intention to lay the Bon homme Richard athwart the Enemies Bow but as that Operation required great dexterity in the Management of both Sails and Helm And some of our Braces being Shot away it did not exactly succeed to my wish. ~ John Paul Jones.

My plan for forming a proper corps of sea officers is by teaching them the naval tactics in a fleet of evolution. ~ John Paul Jones.

People ask, ‘What was it like when you wrote Stairway to Heaven?’ As if three wisemen had come knocking on the door, ‘Excuse me, are you writing Stairway to Heaven here?’ ~ 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.

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I have not yet begun to fight! ~ John Paul Jones.

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.


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