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John Paul Jones (born John Paul; July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792) was a Scottish-American naval captain who was the United States' first well-known naval commander in the American Revolutionary War. He made many friends among U.S.political elites (including John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin), as well as enemies (who accused him of piracy), 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).

Jones was born and raised in Scotland, became a sailor, and served as commander of several merchantmen. After having killed one of his mutinous crew members with a sword, he fled to the Colony of Virginia and around 1775 joined the newly founded Continental Navy in their fight against the Kingdom of Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War. He commanded U.S. Navy ships stationed in France, led one failed assault on Britain, and several attacks on British merchant ships. Left without a command in 1787, he joined the Imperial Russian Navy and obtained the rank of rear admiral.

quote by 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. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

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
quote by John Paul Jones: My desire for fame is infinite. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

My desire for fame is infinite.

--John Paul Jones


quote by John Paul Jones: The situation of America is new in the annals of mankind; her affairs cry haste, and speed must answer them. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

The situation of America is new in the annals of mankind; her affairs cry haste, and speed must answer them.

--John Paul Jones

quote by John Paul Jones: I have not yet begun to fight. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

I have not yet begun to fight.

--John Paul Jones

Longer Version:

I have not yet begun to fight!




quote by John Paul Jones: It is true that I must run a great risk; no gallant action was ever accomplished without danger. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

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

--John Paul Jones
quote by John Paul Jones: He who will not risk cannot win. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

He who will not risk cannot win.

--John Paul Jones
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

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.

--John Paul Jones
quote by John Paul Jones: Since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents, it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

Since human wisdom cannot secure us from accidents, it is the greatest effort of reason to bear them well.

--John Paul Jones

quote by John Paul Jones: I would lay down my life for America but I cannot trifle with my Honor. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

I would lay down my life for America but I cannot trifle with my Honor.

--John Paul Jones

quote by John Paul Jones: Without a Respectable Navy, Alas America! with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

Without a Respectable Navy, Alas America!

--John Paul Jones
quote by John Paul Jones: It is with great pleasure that I see the political system of almost every power in Europe changing in our favor since the news of our late successes. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

It is with great pleasure that I see the political system of almost every power in Europe changing in our favor since the news of our late successes.

--John Paul Jones




quote by 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. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

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.

--John Paul Jones

quote by 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. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

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

quote by 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. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

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
quote by John Paul Jones: It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, that those who will not risk cannot win. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

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

--John Paul Jones
quote by John Paul Jones: If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

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

--John Paul Jones
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

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
quote by John Paul Jones: Whoever can surprise well must conquer. with background image: photo of author John Paul Jones with quote

Whoever can surprise well must conquer.

--John Paul Jones

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