John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones
  • Born: July 6, 1747
  • Died: July 18, 1792
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Soldier

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John Paul Jones was the United States' first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War. He made many friends and enemies—who accused him of piracy—among America's political elites, and his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day. As such, he is sometimes referred to as the "Father of the American Navy" (a sobriquet he shares with John Barry and John Adams).

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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 wash to have the most active part in it. War & Peace
Every day these blessed [Dutch] women came to the ships in great numbers—mothers, daughters, and even little girls—bringing with them for our wounded all the numberless little comforts of Dutch homes, a tribute that came from the hearts of the people. War & Peace
Every day these blessed [Dutch] women come to the ships I great numbers—mothers, daughters, even little girls—bringing with them for our wounded all the numberless little comforts of Dutch homes, a tribute that comes from the hearts of the people. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Mr. Roundface …. A wicked and conceited upstart. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
My desire for fame is insatiable. Public Relations & Image
The only satisfaction I have is that in spite of the diplomats, I have used my position here to strain the relations between Holland and England to a point past mending. Nothing now keeps Holland neutral except the ship owners who are doing almost the entire commerce of Europe at enormous rates…. But the Dutch people are for us and the war. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Whoever can surprise well must conquer. Miscellaneous ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
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. War & Peace
I have not yet begun to fight! War & Peace
I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.
If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery. Religion & God
It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win. Nature

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