31st July 1827
15 October 1828.
Among your principles I wish you may govern your conduct upon that of resort to reading,
as the pleasure, to speaking as the relaxation, and to writing as the labour of life.
J. Q. Adams
ουδε η αρετη και κακια εν πεσει, αλλα ενεργεια.
Neither virtue nor vice consist in passive sentiment, but in action.
Mar. Aur. Antoninus.