519 – “America, with the same voice which spoke herself into existence as a nation, proclaimed to mankind the inextinguishable rights of human nature, and the only lawful foundations of government. America, in the assembly of nations, since her admission among them, has invariably, though often fruitlessly, held forth to them the hand of honest friendship, of equal freedom, of generous reciprocity.”
–John Quincy Adams, 8th US Secretary of State and later 6th President of the United States of America
Quote Number: 889
Source: Adams, John Quincy. “Speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Foreign Policy.” Speech, Washington DC, July 04, 1821. US House of Representatives. Online Here.