Monday, May 28, 2007

Quotes from Great American Leaders

John Adams (1735-1826)

Second President of the United States

- is religion and morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which freedom can securely stand......

- ...if 'thou shalt not covet,' and 'thou shalt not steal,' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.

- Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

Elias Boudinot (1740-1821)

American lawyer and public official who was involved in the American Revolution

- If the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.....These considerations should lead to an attentive be religiously careful in our choice of all public officers.... and judge of the tree by its fruits

Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Leader in Great Britain during American Revolution

- The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

- The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.

- Nobody made a greater mistake then he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

- When bad men combine, the good must associate else they will fall one by one, and unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

- The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Whitaker Chambers (1901-1961)

American Journalist

- Humanism is not new. It is in fact, man's second oldest faith. It's promise was whispered in the first days of creation under the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: Ye shall be as gods.

Rev. Charles Finney (1792- 1875)

Attorney Turned Evangelist

- The Church must take right ground to politics... The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them...God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the church will take right ground. Politics are a part of religion in such a country or this, and Christians must do this duty to their country as part of this duty to God...God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Signer of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence

- They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

- I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in the political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little, partial local interests; our projects will be confounded; and we, ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages.

Patrick Henry (1736-1799)

American Revolutionary Leader

- Whether this [new government] will prove a blessing or a curse will depend upon the use our people make of the blessings which a gracious God hath bestowed on us. If they are wise they will be great and happy. If they are of a contrary character, they will be miserable. Righteousness alone can exalt them as a nation [Proverbs 14:34]. Reader! Who ever thou art, remember this, and in thy sphere practice virtue.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

3rd President of the United States

- ... if we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.

- I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

- No man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

- Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set then to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.

done.' All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.

James Madison (1751-1836)

4th President of the United States & Chief Architect of the Constitution

- I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachment of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

Peter Marshall (1902-1949)

Chaplin of U.S. Senate

- The choice before us is plain, Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration. I am rather tired of hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time is come, it now is, when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship. America's future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God's government.

H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

American Writer

- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Jedediah Morse (1761-1826)

Patriot and Father of American Geography

- To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys...whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be over thrown, our present republican forms of government, and all blessings which flow form them must fall with them.

Benjamin Rush (1745-1813)

Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Father of Public Schools

- Remember that national crimes require national punishments, and without declaring what punishment awaits this evil, you may venture to assure them that it cannot pass with impunity, unless God shall cease to be just or merciful.

- Let the children... be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education. The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effectual means of extirpating removing Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools.

Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

American orator and politician who practiced prominently as a lawyer before the U.S. Supreme Court and served as a U.S. Congressman

- ...if we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.

Noah Webster (1758-1843)

American lexicographer known for his American Spelling Book

- .....the principles of all genuine liberty, and of wise laws and administrations are to be drawn from the Bible and sustained by its authority. The man therefore who weakens or destroys the divine authority of that book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer.....

- ....if a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

28th President of the United States

- A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.....

John Witherspoon (1723-1794)

Signer of Declaration of Independence

- The people in general ought to have regard to the moral character of those whom they invest with authority either in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches

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