16+ Best John Paul Jones Quotes: Exclusive Selection

John Paul Jones was the United States’ first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War. Profoundly inspirational John Paul Jones quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous John Paul Jones Quotes

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

If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery. – 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

He who will not risk cannot win. – 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

I have not yet begun to fight! – 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

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

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

I would lay down my life for America, but I cannot trifle with my Honor. – John Paul Jones

Whoever can surprise well must conquer. – John Paul Jones

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

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

Nothing exciting ever happens to me. – 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

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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