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John Paul Jones was born on July 6, 1747 in Scotland. He had a very difficult childhood, and as a result, he became very independent and driven. In 1765, at the age of 18, Jones joined the British Navy. Over the next few years, he distinguished himself as a brilliant naval officer, and played a significant role in many key military victories for the British Navy. He is perhaps best known for his victory over the French ship L’Affreux in 1779. In later years, Jones retired from the navy and lived out his days in Paris. He died there on July 18, 1792.

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About John Paul Jones

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Born:
July 6, 1747

death of the author

Died:
July 18, 1792

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Allegiance:
Kingdom Of Great Britain

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Years Of Service:
1760-1788

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Rank:
Captain

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Battles/Wars:
Raid On Canso, Battle Of Nassau, Battle Of Block Island, Uss Providence Vs Hms Mellish, Irish/North Sea Campaign, Action Of 24 April 1778 And More.

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Battles/Wars:
Raid On Canso, Battle Of Nassau, Battle Of Block Island, Uss Providence Vs Hms Mellish, Irish/North Sea Campaign

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Awards:
Institution Du MΓ©rite Militaire Congressional Gold Medal Order Of St. Anne

Inspiring Phrases From John Paul Jones

For you must know, Yankees do not haul down their colors till they are fairly beaten. β€” John Paul Jones

A navy is essentially and necessarily aristocratic. β€” John Paul Jones

Whoever can surprise well must conquer. β€” John Paul Jones

Surrender? I have not yet begun to fight! β€” John Paul Jones

for you must know yankees do not haul down their colors till they are fairly beaten John Paul Jones quote

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

Since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents, it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well. β€” John Paul Jones

Nothing exciting ever happens to me. β€” John Paul Jones

Various Statements From John Paul Jones

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. β€” 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. β€” John Paul Jones

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My desire for fame is infinite. β€” John Paul Jones

Where men of fine feeling are concerned there is seldom misunderstanding. β€” John Paul Jones

And without a respectable navy–alas, America! β€” 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. β€” John Paul Jones

I have not yet begun to fight! β€” John Paul Jones

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More Phrases From John Paul Jones

The situation of America is new in the annals of mankind; her affairs cry haste, and speed must answer them. β€” John Paul Jones

There is now, perhaps, as much difference between a battle between two ships and an engagement between two fleets, as there is between a duel and a ranged battle between two armies. β€” 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. β€” John Paul Jones

I have not as yet thought of it, but am determined to make you strike. β€” John Paul Jones

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He who will not risk cannot win. β€” John Paul Jones

i have not as yet thought of it but am determined to make you strike John Paul Jones quote

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way. β€” John Paul Jones

But I need use no arguments to convince you of the necessity of making the emoluments of our navy equal, if not superior, to theirs. β€” John Paul Jones

Deeper Quotes From John Paul Jones

It is by no means enough that an officer should be capable. β€” John Paul Jones

A captain of the line must at this day be a tactician. β€” 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. β€” John Paul Jones

it is by no means enough that an officer should be capable John Paul Jones quote

I would lay down my life for America but I cannot trifle with my Honor. β€” John Paul Jones

He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor. β€” John Paul Jones

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