We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.
—John Adams, address to the militia of Massachusetts, 1798.
Statesmen my plan and speculate liberty, but it is religion and morality alone upon which freedom can securely stand.
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one indispensable bond the principles of civil government with he principles of Christianity.
— John Quincy Adams
A general dissolution of Principles and Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America that the whole Force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader . . . If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security.
— Samuel Adams, 1779
If ye have love of wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
— Samuel Adams, 1776
I believe that no people ever yet groaned under the heavy yoke of slavery but when they deserved it.
— Samuel Adams, 1771 in ad article
The New Testament is the very best that ever was or ever will be known in the world.
— Charles Dickens
It being one of the chief project of that old deluder Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, as in former time by keeping them in a n unknown tongue, so in these later times by persuading from the use of tongues, that so at least the rues sense and meaning of the original might be clouded and corrupted with false glasses of deceivers; to the end that learning may not be buried in the graves of our forefathers, in church and commonwealth, the Lord Assisting our endeavors.:
— This was from an act establishing tax supported schools by the Massachusetts legislature in 1647
If you will not have God (and He is a jealous God), you should pay your respects to Hitler and Stalin.
— TS Eliot
I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground with our His notice, is it probable an empire can rise without His aid?
— Benjamin Franklin, 1787, Constitutional Convention
The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.
— Patrick Henry
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever;; that considering numbers, nature, and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchanged of situation, is possible among events; that it may become probable by supernatural interference! The Almighty has no attribute which can take sides with us in such a contest.
— Thomas Jefferson, Notes of Virginia
Of all systems of morality, ancient of modern, which have come under my observation, none appear to be so pure as that of Jesus.
— Thomas Jefferson, To William Canby, 1813
I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.
— Thomas Jefferson To the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802
(The means the government has no say in the Church, not vice-versa)
Man has been subjected by his Creator to the moral law of which his feeling, or conscience as it is sometimes called, are the evidence with which his creator has furnished him.
— Thomas Jefferson, from Our Ageless Constitution, Stedman and Lewis, p. 29
The Bible is the Rock on which this Republic rests.
— Andrew Jackson
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty.
— Thomas Jefferson, Feb. 11, 1807, in a letter to T. Seymour and John Seymour.
The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experience. Every attempt to belittle is a crime against humanity.
— Immanuel Kant
If danger ever reaches us it must spring up among us, it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we ourselves will be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
— Abraham Lincoln
I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.
— Abraham Lincoln
We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.
— James Madison
I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Up on force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him. –
— Napoleon Bonaporte
The Bible is no mere book, but a living creature with a power that conquers all that oppose it.
Puritanism was not merely a religious doctrine, but is corespondent in many points with the most absolute democratic and republican theories.
— Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835, page 43.
Our laws and institutions must necessarily be based upon and embody the teaching of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible that is should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent our civilization and our institutions are emphatically Christian . . . this is a Christian nation.
— US Supreme Court, 1892
. . . in America, religion is the road to knowledge, and the observance of divine laws leads men to civil freedom.
— Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835, page 47.
It is extremely important to our nation, in a political as well as religious view, that all possible authority and influence should be given to the scriptures; for these furnish the best principles of civil liberty, and the most effectual support of republican government.
— Noah Webster, Preface to the Bible, 1833
Men have to choose to be governed by God, or they condemn themselves to be governed by tyrants.
— William Penn, from Theonomy in Christian Ethics. p. 7
America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteous which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scriptures. Ladies and gentlemen, I have a very simple thing to ask of you. I as of every man and woman in this audience that from this nigh ton they will realize that part of the destine of America lies in their daily perusal of this great book of revelations. That if they would see America free and pure they will make their own spirits free and pure by this baptism of the Holy Scripture.
— Woodrow Wilson, 1911, pre-Presidential campaign speech.
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports . . . And let us indulge with caution the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion . . . Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail to the exclusion of religious principle.
— George Washington
The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to from the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. All the miseries and evils which men suffer from, vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.
— Noah Webster
Our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment. Moral habits, they believed, cannot safely be trusted on any other foundation than religious principle, nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral habits . . . Whatsoever makes men good Christina, makes them good citizens.
— Daniel Webster, at a bicentennial celebration of Plymouth Rock, 1820
This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
— John Wycliffe, 14th Century
No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.
— Noah Webster
Religion and morality are the essential pillars of society.
— George Washington, 1797
The principles of all genuine liberty, and of wise laws and administrations are t 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.
— Noah Webster, preface to the Bible, 1833
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who would labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in the courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
— George Washington, Farewell Address, 17 September 1796
The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes form the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in the right for anybody except the state.
— Harry Truman.