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God, “The Original Intent”
Advancing the historical understanding of the hand of God in American history.

Historical Quotes

God blesses those nations who acknowledge Him, His laws and providence.


The First Peril Quotes

"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual.  … Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us."
Massachusetts Provincial Congress, Resolution October 6, 1774

“They cherish a  great hope inward zeal they had of laying some good foundation, or at least make some way thereunto, for the propagating and advancing the gospel of the kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the world; yea, though they should be but even as steppingstones unto others for the performing of so great a work.”
— William Bradford (1590–1657) Governor of Plymouth Colony  

“A people may be deceived, they may be betrayed by men in whom they put their confidence. But they deserve to be abandoned by providence if they trust their interest with men whom they know to be either weak or wicked.”
Rev. Andrew Elliot (1718-1778) Pastor at the North Church Boston (One if by land, and two if by sea)

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. There may be more danger of this, than some, even of our well disposed citizens may imagine. If people should grant their suffrages to men, only because they conceive them to have been friends to the country, without regards to necessary qualifications for the places they are to fill, the administration of government will become a mere farce, and our public affairs will never be put on the footing of solid security. We should inquire into the tempers of men, in order to form a judgment in what manner the public trust to be reposed in them will be executed. …Power is intoxicating; and men legally vested with it, too often discover a disposition to make an ill use of it and and unwillingness to part with it. …. … I hope our countrymen will always keep a watchful eye over the public conduct of those whom they exalt to power, making the same time every allowance for the imperfections of human nature; I pray to God we may never see men filling the scared seats of government, who are either wanting in adequate abilities, or influenced by any views motives or feelings separate from the public welfare.”
— Samuel Adams (1722–1803) Father of the American Revolution, Patriot and Statesman

“I sat next to John Adams in Congress, and upon my whispering to him and asking him if he thought we should succeed in our struggle with Great Britain, he answered me, ‘Yes—if we fear God and repent of our sins.’”
(The reason Dr. Benjamin Rush said he wrote the book of anecdotes was “To prevent my children being deceived by the histories of this day.”)
— Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) Founding Father& signer of the Declaration of Independence
“It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it [The Constitution] a finger of that almighty hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the revolution.”
— James Madison (1751-1836) Father of the Constitution, 4th President of the United States

“It is easy to see that when republican virtue fails, slavery ensues.”
— Thomas Paine (1736-1809) Patriot, Author & Pamphleteer

“God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: ‘This is my country.’”
— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Statesman, Scientist, Inventor, Printer and Philosopher
“A patriot without religion in my estimation is as great a paradox as an honest Man without the fear of God. Is it possible that he whom no moral obligations binds, can have any real Good Will towards Men? Can he be a patriot who, by an openly vicious conduct, is undermining the very bonds of Society? ... The Scriptures tell us “righteousness exalteth a Nation.”
— Abigail Adams (1744-1818) Wife of John Adams, Mother & Patriot

 “Were my soul trembling on the wing of eternity, were this hand freezing to death, were my voice choking with the last struggle, I would still, with the last gasp of that voice, implore you to remember the truth: God has given America to be free.”
— Patrick Henry (1736-1799) Patriot, Lawyer and Orator

Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
— Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the U. S.

"There is not a truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world."
— Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the U. S.

“We are fighting for the dignity and happiness of human nature. Glorious it is for the Americans to be called by Providence to this post of honour. Cursed and detested will everyone be that deserts or betrays it.”
— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Statesman, Scientist, Inventor, Printer and Philosopher

“A freeborn people are not required by the religion of Jesus Christ to submit to tyranny, but may make use of such power as God has given them to recover and support their laws and liberties." (after the Boston Tea Party)
— Samuel Adams (1722–1803) Father of the American Revolution, Patriot and Statesman

“To a man of liberal education, the study of history is not only useful, and important, but altogether indispensable, and with regard to the history contained in the Bible, the observation which Cicero makes respecting that of his own country is much more emphatically applicable, that ‘it is not so much praiseworthy to be acquainted with as it is shameful to be ignorant of it.’”
— John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848)  6th President of the United States

"It would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights; that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism; free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with powe; that our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no further, our confidence may go ... In questions of power, then let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."
— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States

“When people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their manners, they will sink under their own weight without the aid of foreign Invaders.”
— Samuel Adams (1722–1803) Father of the American Revolution, Patriot and Statesman

“The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind…”
— Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the U. S.

“People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.”
— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

"We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven, and with a propitious eye beholds his subjects assuming that freedom of thought and dignity of self-direction which He bestowed on them. From the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come!"
— Samuel Adams (1722–1803) Father of the American Revolution, Patriot and Statesman

"By these great qualities, and their benign effects, has Providence marked out the Head of this Nation, with a hand so distinctly visible, as to have been seen by all men, and mistaken by none."
— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

“I shall need the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, Who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land, and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessaries and comforts of life; Who has covered our infancy with His providence, and our riper years with His wisdom and power; and to whose goodness I ask you to join with me in supplications, that He will so enlighten the minds of your servants, guide their councils, and prosper their measures, that whatsoever they do shall result in your good, and shall secure to you the peace, friendship, and approbation of all nations.”
Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of the U. S.

“The falsification of history has done more to impede human development than any one thing known to mankind.”
— Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), French Political Philosopher and Educationalist

“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.”
— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Statesman, Scientist, Inventor, Printer and Philosopher

"Moral evils constitute or produce most of the miseries of mankind and these may be prevented or avoided. Be it remembered then that disobedience to God's law, or sin is the procuring cause of almost all the sufferings of mankind. God has so formed the moral system of this world, that a conformity to His will by men produces peace, prosperity and happiness; and disobedience to His will or laws inevitably produces misery. If men are wretched, it is because they reject the government of God, and seek temporary good in that which certainly produces evil."
— Noah Webster (1758-1843)  Father of the Dictionary & American Patriot

“Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship ... To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic ... The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.”
— Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) Founding Father& signer of the Declaration of Independence

"I order you instantly to surrender." "By what authority do you demand it?" said Capt. Delaplace “In the name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!”
Ethan Allen (1738-1789)  Patriot, farmer, businessman, writer, leader of the Green Mountain Boys

"Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!"
— George Washington (1732-1799) Father of the Country, 1st President of the United States

Judge John Jay’s Charge [words of wisdom to future generations]
“A revolution which, in the whole course of its rise and progress, is distinguished by so many marks of Divine favor and interposition, that no doubt can remain of its being finally accomplished. It was begun, and has been supported, in a manner so singular, and I say miraculous, that when future ages shall read its history, they will be tempted to consider great part of it fabulous. …But, however incredible these things may in the future appear, we know them to be true, and we should always remember, that the many remarkable and unexpected means and events, by which our wants have been supplied, and our enemies repelled or restrained, are such strong and striking proofs of the interposition of heaven, that our having hitherto delivered from the threatened bondage of Britain, ought, like the emancipation of the Jews from Egyptian servitude, and to be forever ascribed to its true cause, and instead of swelling our breasts with arrogant ideas of our prowess and importances, kindle in them a flame of gratitude and piety, which may consume all remains of vice and irreligion [want of religion, or contempt of it; impiety]. Blessed be to God! ...
The Americans are the first people whom heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon, and choosing the forms of government under which they should live; —all other constitutions have derived their existence from violence or accidental circumstances, ...Your life, your liberties, your property, will be at the disposal of your Creator and yourselves. You will know no power but such as you will create; no authority unless derived from your grant; no laws, but such as acquired all their obligations from your consent. ...Adequate security is also given to the rights of conscience and private judgment. They are, by nature, subject to no control but that of the Deity and in that free situation they are now left. Every man is permitted to consider, to adore and to worship his creator in the manner most agreeable to his conscience. No opinions are dictated; no rules of faith prescribed; no preference given to one sect [of Christianity over] to the prejudice of others.
The constitution, however, has wisely declared, that the “liberty of conscience thereby granted shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State.” In a word, the convention by whom that constitution was formed were of opinion that the gospel of Christ, like the ark of God, would not fall, though unsupported by the arm of flesh; and happy would it be for mankind if that opinion prevailed more generally. ...from the people it must receive its spirit, and by them be quickened, Let virtue, honor, the love of liberty and of science be, and remain, the soul of this constitution, and it will become the source of great and extensive happiness to this and future generations. Vice, ignorance, and want of vigilance, will be the only enemies able to destroy it. Against these provide, and, of these, be forever jealous. Every member of the state, ought diligently to read and study the constitution of his country, and teach the rising generation to be free. By knowing their rights [God given], they [you the voter] will sooner perceive when they are violated, and be the better prepared to defend and assert them.”
John Jay (1745-1829), Founding Father, Patriot, Statesman and First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

"The Gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest rules for just conduct in every situation of life. Happy they who are enabled to obey them in all situations!"
— Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) Founding Father& signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.”
Joseph Warren (1741-1775) Doctor, General and Patriot (Sent Paul Revere & William Dawes on their ride, fought the British as they headed back to Boston after Lexington and Concord  and died at the battle of Bunker Hill.)

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”
— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

“No nation has ever existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man and I, as Chief Magistrate of this nation, am bound to give it the sanction of my example.”
— Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States

"No country upon earth ever had it more in its power to attain these blessings than United America. Wondrously strange, then, and much to be regretted indeed would it be, were we to neglect the means and to depart from the road which Providence has pointed us to so plainly; I cannot believe it will ever come to pass."
— George Washington (1732-1799) Father of the Country, 1st President of the United States

"With equal pleasure I have as often taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people  … This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren, united to each other by the strongest ties, should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties."
— John Jay (1745-1829), Founding Father, Patriot, Statesman and First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

“There is not a truth to be gathered from history, more certain, or more momentous, than this: that civil liberty cannot long be separated from religious liberty without the destruction of both. Wherever religious liberty exists, it will, first or last, bring in and establish political liberty.”
Joseph Story (1779-1845) Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice & influential commentator on the U.S. Constitution

“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it.”
— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Statesman, Scientist, Inventor, Printer and Philosopher

“There is no such thing as human wisdom; all is the providence of God.”
— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

"While we are zealously performing the duties of good Citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of Religion. To the distinguished Character of Patriot, it should be our highest Glory to add the more distinguished Character of Christian."
— George Washington (1732-1799) Father of the Country, 1st President of the United States

“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.”
— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Statesman, Scientist, Inventor, Printer and Philosopher

"I enter on the trust to which I have been called by the suffrage of my fellow-citizens with my fervent prayers to the Almighty that He will be graciously pleased to continue to us that protect which He has already so conspicuously displayed in our favor."
— James Monroe (1758-1831) Fifth President of the United States

“Duty is ours; results are God’s.”
— John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848)  6th President of the United States

"All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. ... Have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without His notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?"
— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Statesman, Scientist, Inventor, Printer and Philosopher

“Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took have the pains to preserve it.”
— John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848)  6th President of the United States

“A primary object ... should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing ...  than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”
— George Washington (1732-1799) Father of the Country, 1st President of the United States

"Providence marked out the head of this Nation (George Washington), with a hand so distinctly visible as to have been seen by all men, and mistaken by none."
— John Adams (1797-1801) Second President of the United States and Patriot

“The position of the Americans is therefore quite exceptional, and it may be believed that no democratic people will ever be placed in a similar one. …All men have aided it by their exertions, both those who have intentionally labored in its cause (establishment of the Republic) and those who have served it unwittingly; those who have fought for it and even those who have declared themselves its opponents have all been driven along in the same direction, have all labored to one end; some unknowingly and some despite themselves, all have been blind instruments in the hands of God. …“The whole book (Democracy in America - 1835) that is here offered to the public has been written under the influence of a kind of religious awe produced in the author's mind by the view of that irresistible revolution which has advanced for centuries in spite of every obstacle and which is still advancing in the midst of the ruins it has caused.”
— Alexis de Toqueville (1805-1859) French Author

"In the United States the sovereign authority is religious ... There is no country in the whole world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America,and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth."
— Alexis de Toqueville (1805-1859) French Author

“By gnawing through a dyke, even a rat may drown a nation.”
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British Statesman, Lawyer, Writer, and Philosopher

"The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it."
James Madison (1751-1836) Father of the Constitution, 4th President of the United States

“The American war is over; but this far from being the case with the American revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection.”
Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) Founding Father& signer of the Declaration of Independence

"STAND FAST" (July 7, 1775, in the Continental Congress)

"Stand Fast" by a strong faith and dependence upon Jesus Christ, the great Captain of your salvation. Enlist under the banner of His cross. And let this motto be written upon your hearts, IN HOC SIGNO VINCES, "UNDER THIS STANDARD THOU SHALT OVERCOME."

"Stand Fast" by a virtuous and unshaken unanimity. Of such an unanimity, you have a most striking example now before your eyes – three millions of people, or a vast majority of them, bound by no other ties than those of honor and public virtue …

"Stand Fast" by an undaunted courage and magnanimity. And here give me leave to remind you, that there is a kind of courage … a courage that will prove you to be good Christians, as well as soldiers, a firm invincible fortitude of soul, founded upon religion, and the glorious hope of a better world …we contend not for victory, but for liberty and peace. … and calling upon you to thank Heaven for his great and gracious interposition. Surely "the Lord of Hosts was with them" – surely "the God of Jacob was their refuge." –––– Drop a pious tear to the memory of the illustrious slain – and let them yet live in the annals of American freedom.

Stand Fast" by a steady constancy and perseverance. Difficulties unlooked for may yet arise, and trials present themselves sufficient to shake the utmost firmness of human fortitude. Be prepared, therefore, for the worst. …

 "Stand Fast" as the guardians of liberty –
― Reverend Jacob Duché (1737–1798) Rector of Christ Church in Philadelphia & first chaplain to the Continental Congress

"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 (1758-1843)  Father of the Dictionary & American Patriot

"Men may devise and adopt new forms of government; they may amend old forms, repair breaches, and punish violators of the constitution; but there is, there can be, no effectual remedy, but obedience to the divine law."
— Noah Webster (1758-1843)  Father of the Dictionary & American Patriot
“All the forms of civil polity have been tried by mankind, except one, and that seems to have been reserved in Providence to be realized in America.  Most of the states, of all ages …have been founded in rapacity, usurpation, and injustice; so that in the contests recorded in history …the military history of all nations being but a description of the wars and invasions of the mutual robbers and devastators of the human race.”

— Ezra Stiles (1727– 1795) Minister, Theologian, Author and President of Yale College

“The Supreme Governor of the World rewards or punishes nations and civil communities only in this life…. Political bodies are but the creatures of time. They have no existence as such but in the present State; consequently, are incapable of punishments or rewards in a future. We can conceive no way in which the Divine Being shall therefore manifest the purity of His nature. ... toward such societies but by rewarding or punishing them here, according to their public conduct.”
— Chandler Robbins Sermon before John Hancock and the Massachusetts Legislature in 1791


The Second Peril Quotes

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States

“They [the Founding Fathers] were intent upon establishing a Christian commonwealth in accordance with the principle of self-government.  They were an inspired body of men. It has been said that God sifted the nations that He might send choice grain into the wilderness.... Who can fail to see in it the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence.”
— Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) 30th President of the United States

“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe. The prospect of a war with any powerful nation is too remote to be a matter of calculation. Besides, there is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow.  Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they my place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail to properly scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing [and ours]. …. I regard it [countries founding & Constitution] as the work of the purest patriots and wisest statesman that ever existed, aided by the smiles of a benignant Providence; for when we regard it as a system of government growing out of the discordant options and conflicting interests of thirteen independent States, it almost appears Divine interposition in our behalf …. I believe, if the bond of union were broken, we should never again be a united people…. No plan could be proposed that would be adopted; the hand that destroys the Constitution renders our Union asunder for ever.”
— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot

“God is the only president of the day, and Webster is his orator.”
— Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)  Poet, abolitionist, naturalist, transcendentalist & philosopher

"While most nations trace their origin to barbarians, the foundations of our nation were laid by civilized men, by Christians."
Lyman Beecher (1775-1863) Presbyterian minister & founder of the American Temperance Society
“We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.”
— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States

"History is God's providence in human affairs."
— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot

“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.” It may do for other countrys and other governments to talk about the state support religion, but here under our free institutions it is religion that must support the state.”
— Robert Charles Winthrop (1809-1894) Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

“To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism. All efforts to destroy the foundations of our holy religion, ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness.. Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all the blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.”
Rev. Jedediah Morse (1761-1826) Author, minister and teacher

“... you [the voter]  have especially to guard yourselves. You have the highest of human trust committed to your care. Providence has showered on this favored land blessings without number and has chosen you as the guardian of freedom to preserve it for the benefit of the human race. May He who holds in his hands the destinies of nations make you worthy of the favors He has bestowed and enable you, with pure hearts and pure hands and sleepless vigilance, to guard and defend to to the end of time the great charge he has committed to your keeping.”
— Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) 7th President of the United States

"Return to the fountain whose waters spring close by the blood of the Revolution. Think nothing of me; take no thought for the political fate of any man whomsoever, but come back to the truths that are in the Declaration of Independence. You may do anything with me you choose, if you will but heed these sacred principles."
— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States

“Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what they may.”
— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot

“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty from evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to Liberty lurk in the insidious encroachments by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”
— Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

“In no other way can this Republic become a world power in the noblest sense of the word than by putting into her life and the lives of her citizens the spirit and principles of the great founder of Christianity.”
— David J. Brewer (1837-1910) Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

“Intelligence, patriotism, Christanity, and firm reliance on Him, who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still still competent to adjust, in the best way, all our present difficulty.”
— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States

“My experience of men has neither disposed me to think worse of them, or indisposed me to serve them; nor in spite of failures, which I lament, of errors which I now see and acknowledge; or of the present aspect of affairs; do I despair of the future. The truth is this. The march of Providence [God's work] is so slow, and our desires so impatient; the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.”
— Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) General of the Confederate Army during the Civil War

"It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling Providence."
— Franklin Pierce (1804-1869)14th President of the United States

“Let me say, gentleman, that if we and our posterity, shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in fear of God, and shall respect his commandments, if we and they, shall maintain just moral sentiments, and such conscientious convictions of duty as shall control the heart and life, we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country …But, if we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity. Should that catastrophe happen, let it have no history! Let the horrible narrative never be written! Let its fate be like that of the lost books of Livy, which no human eye shall ever read, or the missing Pleiad, of which no man can ever know more, than that is lost, and lost forever!
We may trust, that Heaven will not forsake us, nor permit us to forsake ourselves. We must strengthen ourselves, and gird up our loins with new resolution; we must counsel each other; and, determined to sustain each other in support of the Constitution, prepare to meet manfully, and united, what ever of difficulty, or danger, whatever effort, or of sacrifice, the Providence of God may call upon us to meet. We are of this generation so derelict, have we so little of the blood of our revolutionary fathers coursing through our veins, that we cannot preserve, what they achieved? The would will cry out “SHAME” upon us, if we show ourselves unworthy, to be the decedents of those great and illustrious men, who fought for their liberty, and secured it to their posterity, by the Constitution of the United States. …
We have a great and wise Constitution. We have grown, flourished, and prospered under it, with a degree of rapidity, unequaled in the history of the world. Founded on the basis of equal right, its provisions secure perfect equality and freedom; those who live under it are equal, and enjoy the same privileges. It is presumed, that all wise and good men of the nation have the same end in view, though they may take different means to obtain that great end, the preservation and protection of the Constitution and government. ….
The Constitution has enemies, secret and professed; but they cannot disguise the fact, that it secures us many benefits. Those enemies are unlike in character, but they all act for the same purpose. Some of them are enthusiasts, self-sufficient and headstrong. They fancy, that they can strike out for themselves a better path, than that laid down for them; …
Heat, in the intellectual constitution of these enthusiasts, is distributed just exactly as it should be; they have hot heads and cold hearts. They are rash, reckless, and fierce for change, and with no affection for the exiting institutions of their country.
Other enemies are, more cool, and with more calculation. These have deeper and more fixed and dangerous purpose; they formally spoke of a forcible resistance to the provision of the Constitution; … There are those in the country, who profess, in their own words, even hate the Constitution ….
It is the anniversary of the birth of Washington. …All the good, whether learned or unlearned, high or low, rich or poor, feel, this day that there is one treasure common to them all, and that is the flame and character of Washington.  They recount his deeds, ponder over his principles and teachings, and resolve, to be more and more guided by them in the future. To the old and young, to all born in the land, and to all, those love of liberty had brought them from foreign shores, to make this the home of their adoption, the name of Washington is this day an exhilarating theme. Americans by birth are proud of his character, and exiles from foreign shore are eager, to participate in admiration of him; and it is true that he is, this day, here, everywhere, all the world over, more an object of love and regard, than on ay day since his birth.
Gentlemen, on Washington’s principles, and under the guidance of his example, we will and our children uphold the Constitution. Under his military leadership, our fathers conquered; and under the outspread banner of his political and constitutional principles, will we also conquer. To that standard, we shall adhere, and uphold it, through evil report and through good report. We will meet danger, we will meet death, if they come, in its protection; and we will struggle on, in daylight and in darkness, aye, in the thickest darkness, with all the storms which it may bring with it, till ‘danger’s troubled night in o’er, and the star of Peace return.”
— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot

"Independent of its connection with human destiny hereafter, the fate of republican government is indissolubly bound up with the fate of the Christian religion, and a people who reject its holy faith will find themselves the slaves of their own evil passions and of arbitrary power."
— Lewis Cass (1782–1866) 22nd United States Secretary of State

"America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) Author, Poet, and Philosopher

“The religion of Jesus Christ aims at nothing less than the utter overthrow of all other systems of religion in the world; denouncing them as inadequate to the wants of man, false in their foundations, and dangerous in their tendency.

These are no ordinary claims; and it seems hardly possible for a rational being to regard them with even a subdued interest; much less to treat them with mere indifference and contempt. If not true they are little else than the pretensions of a bold imposture, which not satisfied with having already enslaved millions of the human race, seeks to continue its encroachments upon human liberty, until all nations be subjected under its iron rule.

But if they are well-founded and just, they can be no less than the high requirements of heaven, addressed by the voice of God to the reason and understanding of man, concerning things deeply affecting his relations to his sovereign, and essential to the formation of his character and of course to his destiny, both for this life and for the life."
― Simon Greenleaf (1783–1853) Lawyer, Author, and Jurist

“You will notice that while the oppressors have carried out their plans and had things their own way, there were other forces silently at work which in time undermined their plans - as if a Divine hand were directing the counter-plan. Whoever peruses the story of liberty without recognizing this feature will fail of fully comprehending the meaning of history. There must be a meaning to history or else existence is an incomprehensible enigma.”
Charles Carleton Coffin (1823-1896) Journalist, Army Correspondent, Historian & Author

“Slavery as an institution is a moral & political evil in any country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence. Their emancipation will sooner result from the mild & melting influence of Christianity, than the storms & tempests of fiery controversy. This influence though slow, is sure. The doctrines & miracles of our Saviour have required nearly two thousand years, to convert but a small part of the human race, & even among Christian nations, what gross errors still exist!"
— Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) General of the Confederate Army during the Civil War

“Through the ages one increasing purpose (divine plan) runs. Yet I doubt not through the ages one increasing purpose runs, And the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the suns. What is that to him that reaps not harvest of his youthful joys, Though the deep heart of existence beat forever like a boy's?

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and I linger on the shore, And the individual withers, and the world is more and more. Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers, and he bears a laden breast, Full of sad experience moving toward the stillness of his rest.”
 — Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892) English Poet

"May God save the country, for it is obvious the people will not."
Mallard Filmore (1800-1874) Thirteenth President of the United States

“That the Almighty does make use of human agencies, and directly intervenes in human affairs, is one of the plainest statements of the Bible. I have had so many evidences of his directions, so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will, that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above. 

I frequently see my way clear to a decision when I am conscious that I have no sufficient facts upon which to found it. But I cannot recall one instance in which I have followed my own judgment founded upon such a decision, where the results were unsatisfactory; whereas, in almost every instance where I have yielded to the views of others, I have had occasion to regret it. 

 I am satisfied that when the Almighty wants me to do or not to do a particular thing, he finds a way of letting me know it. I am confident that it is his design to restore the Union. He will do it in his own good time. We should obey and not oppose his will.”
— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States

"If there be a 'purpose running' through the life of the world, is it not plain that one thought in the divine plan was that in this republic should be unfolded and developed in the presence of the world the Christian doctrine of the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man?"
— David J. Brewer (1837-1910) Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."
— Daniel Webster (1782-1852) Author, Lawyer and Patriot

"Man has made 32 million laws since THE COMMANDMENTS were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai more than three thousand years ago, but he has never improved on God's law. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS are the principles by which man may live with God and man may live with man. They are the expressions of the mind of God for His creatures. They are the charter and guide of human liberty, for there can be no liberty without the law...."
— Cecil B. DeMille (1881–1959) American Film Director and Producer

“The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French Military Dictator who conquered much of Europe

“One God, one law, one element, And one far-off divine event To which the whole creation moves.”
Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892) English poet

“If we don't have a proper fundamental [Biblical] moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except for the State."
— Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, 33rd President of the United States

"His hand, so often visible in our preservation, has stayed the pestilence, saved us from foreign wars and domestic disturbances, and scattered plenty throughout the land. Our liberties, religious and civil, have been maintained, the fountains of knowledge have all been kept open, and means of happiness widely spread and generally enjoyed greater than have fallen to the lot of any other nation.”
Mallard Filmore (1800-1874) Thirteenth President of the United States

"Society without religion is like a ship without a compass."
— Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) French Military Dictator who conquered much of Europe

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”
— Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Sixteenth President of the United States

The Third Peril Quotes

“If the God of life does not respond to this culture of death with judgment, God is not God. If God does not honor the blood of the hundreds of millions of innocent victims then the God of the Bible, the God of Israel, the God of orphans and widows, the Defender of the defenseless, is a man-made myth, a fairy tale.”
— Peter Kreeft - (1937 -  ) Professor of Philosophy and Author

"For we know when a nation goes down and never comes back, when society or civilization perishes, one condition may always be found. They forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what brought them along."
— Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) Writer, Editor, and Poet.

“Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should be slaves. … Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion.”
— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

"The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good.”
— Psalms 14:1 RSV

“Yet they did not listen to me, or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did worse than their fathers. "So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. And you shall say to them, 'This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.”
Jeremiah 7:26-28 RSV

"The framers [of the Constitution] knew that free speech is the friend of change and revolution. But they also knew that it is always the deadliest enemy of tyranny."
— Hugo Black (1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice

“Every generation is composed of barbarians that have to be civilized by their families, by families, by churches, by schools, and so forth. [The Baby Boomer] generation was so big that they swamped the instructional capacity to civilize them.”
— Robert Bork (1927–2012) Professor, Solicitor General, Acting Attorney General, and a judge of the United States Court of Appeals

"In war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no longer deserves victory."
— Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) Army General, involved in war in the Philippines, World War I, II & Korean War

“In times of imminent danger to the country, every true patriot should occupy the post in which he can render them the most effectually.”
— George Washington (1732-1799) Father of the Country, 1st President of the United States

"How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism."
— James Madison (1751-1836) Father of the Constitution, 4th President of the United States

"I do not think that anyone can study the history of this nation of ours without becoming convinced that divine providence has played a part in it. I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position and strength for some great purpose!”
— Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, 33rd President of the United States

"Divine Providence has played a great part in our history. I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose. It is not given to us to know fully what that purpose is, but I think we may be sure of one thing, and that is that our country is intended to do all it can, in cooperating with other nations to help created peace and preserve peace in the world. It is given to defend the spiritual values—the moral code—against the vast forces of evil that seek to destroy them.”
— Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, 33rd President of the United States

“Divine Providence has played a great part in our history. I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose. It is not given to us to know fully what that purpose is, but I think we may be sure of one thing, and that is that our country is intended to do all it can, in cooperating with other nations to help created peace and preserve peace in the world. It is given to defend the spiritual values—the moral code—against the vast forces of evil that seek to destroy them.”
— Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, 33rd President of the United States

"We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants... If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner."
 Omar Bradley (1893–1981) General WWII

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "He who through faith is righteous shall live." For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct. They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them.”
Romans 1:17-32  RSV

“We may wonder at the choice of Israel and Rome as the archetypes of the new nation, in view of the long history of suffering of the former and the decline of the latter. We may wonder that our ancestors over-looked the darker days of those earlier nations. They did not. They hoped to construct a republic on principles so sound that it might avoid their fate. But they were certain that if we should decline in piety and public virtue we would meet the inexorable fate of nations, which are as but dust in the hands of God.” 
Robert N Bellah (1927-  ) American sociologist, professor and author (The Broken Covenant)

As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth--that there are no atheists in the foxholes. They know that in time of test and trial, we instinctively turn to God for new courage and peace of mind. All the history of America bears witness to this truth. Out of faith in God, and through faith in themselves as His children, our forefathers designed and built this Republic.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) Supreme Commander during WWII & 34th President of U.S.

“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.” — Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) 28th President ot the United States

“We cannot say the past is past without surrendering the future.” “The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of history.” “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
— Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British Politician & Leader

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”
— George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish playwright

“The truth is that only believing in God that we can criticize government. Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God. That fact is written all across human history.”
— G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) British Journalist, Poet, Author and Playwright

"The brotherhood of men would be an empty dream without the fatherhood of God."
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907–1972) Polish-born American rabbi, theologian and author

“Progressivism leads inevitably to utter irrationality and eventually political, as well as moral chaos."
Robert V. Young, Jr. (1947- -) Professor, Author, and Editor of the quarterly Modern Age

“But should someone ask me whether I would indicate the West such as it is today as a model to my country, frankly I would have to answer negatively. No, I could not recommend your society in its present state as an ideal for the transformation of ours. Through intense suffering our country has now achieved a spiritual development of such intensity that the Western system in its present state of spiritual exhaustion does not look attractive. Even those characteristics of your life which I have just mentioned are extremely saddening.”
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) Russian novelist & historian, spent years in a Soviet Labor Camp for criticizing Joseph Stalin (talk at Harvard, 1978)

“My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism” “we are ruthless and ask no quarter from you. When our turn comes we shall not disguise our terrorism.” “The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.”
— Karl Marx (1818-1883) Father of Communism, atheist, humanist, political economist & sociologist

“Give me your four year olds, and in a generation I will build a socialist state.” “Destroy the family, you destroy the country.”
— Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) Communist Dictator of the USSR who lead the Bolshevik Revolution

“America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”
— Joseph Stalin (1878 – 1953) Dictator & Russian political leader of the USSR

“Let me control the textbooks, and I will control the state.”
— Adolph Hitler (1889-1945) Founder of the Nazi Party, German leader responsible for WWII

“God was pitched out of forced schooling on his ear after WWII. This wasn’t because of any constitutional proscription  - There was none that anyone had been able to find in over a century and a half – but because the political state and corporate economy considered the Western spiritual tradition too dangerous a competitor. And it is.”
— John Taylor Gatto (1935-) Retired teacher and author on education

“We need to learn history to preserve the lessons that they [founding Fathers] had already learned, so that we don’t make the same mistake.
— David Barton, Author and Public Speaker on America’s Biblical Heritage, Wallbuldaily radio broadcast 10-2-06

“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing—they believe in anything.”
— G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) British Journalist, Poet, Author and Playwright

“The truth is coming to pass whether you are ready or not, neither you, nor anyone else can prevent it no matter what you believe. What you believe does not necessarily change the truth; it’s too bad you believe what you believe."
— William H. Sharp, Survivor of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis

"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
C.S. Lewis (1898 -1963) Irish writer, scholar & Christian apologetic

“A radical is one who speaks the truth.”
— Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. Congressman, father of famous aviator

"I have come to feel that it is in this country that the fate of Christendom will be decided. ... There is a great opportunity in America today that may never be repeated."
— Christopher Dawson (1958-1962) English Catholic historian, author (Lecture at Harvard University in 1959)

“If it ‘takes a village’ to accomplish basic tasks, exactly how dumb are the individual villagers?"
— Aaron Bolinger - Teacher, Theologian, Patriot, and Dean at the Sherman Institute

“I do not think that anyone can study the history of this nation of ours without becoming convinced that divine providence has played a part in it. I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position and strength for some great purpose!”
— Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), 33rd President of the United States

“The United States remains the last best hope for a mankind plagued by tyranny and deprivation.”
— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.”
— Deuteronomy 5:7-12  RSV

"The issues which today confront the nation are clearly defined and so fundamental as to directly involve the very survival of the Republic. Are we going to preserve the religious base to our origin, our growth and our progress, or yield to the devious assaults of atheistic or other anti-religious forces? Are we going to maintain our present course toward State Socialism with Communism just beyond or reverse the present trend and regain our hold upon our heritage of liberty and freedom? ... Are we going to permit a continuing decline in public and private morality or re-establish high ethical standards as the means of regaining a diminishing faith in the integrity of our public and private institutions?... In short, is American life of the future to be characterized by freedom or by servitude, strength or weakness? The answer must be clear and unequivocal if we are to avoid the pitfalls toward which we are now heading with such certainty. In many respects it is not to be found in any dogma of political philosophy but in those immutable precepts which underlie the Ten Commandments."
— Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) Army General, involved in war in the Philippines, World War I, II & Korean War

“The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teaching we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.”
— Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), 33rd President of the United States

“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who Is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.”
— Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, editor & satirist

“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing as they must if they believe they can do nothing. There is nothing worse because the council of despair is declaration of irresponsibility; it is Pilate washing his hands.”
— Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British Statesman, Lawyer, Writer, and Philosopher

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
— Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) 26th President of the United States

“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”
— John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), Thirty Fifth President of the United States

“God has …. 99% of the time done judgements that you will find in the Old Testament, that is he has used nations with their weapons of destruction that have had at that point in time to do his judgements. ….He will use existing nations with their arsenal of weapons to do his judgements.”
— Larry Nassa, Former Dept of Defense Employee, Author & Bibical Researcher, Radio Interview 8-30-2003

“God holds his people responsible for righteousness, not for results.”
Beth Moore ( 1957-   ) Author and founder of Living Proof Ministries

“It is God Who permits it all. But, at the same time, it demonstrates how much punishment can be evoked for not paying attention to God’s dictates.”
— Sister Lucy (1907 -2005) One of three children to witness a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal

“I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment’s would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.”
— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will loose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.”
— William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) English novelist, playwright & short-story writer

“History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”
— Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) Army General, involved in war in the Philippines, World War I, World War II, & Korean War

“No nation which has out grown its God has lived to write the additional pages of history. This nation is in need of a spiritual reawakening, and a reaffirmation in trust in God.”
— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“God…my self in the Bronx always says that God has a funny sense of humor. ..He has a way of treating things, he deals with each individual soul delicately, tenderly, compassionately but he deals with groups of people [country] according to certain laws and he always observes those laws and that means the innocent are punished with the evil.”
— Father Malachi Martin (1921-1999) Exorcist Priest, Theologian &  Author, Radio Interview

“I was stretched every which way but loose …"I was stretched by Mel Gibson. I was stretched by the Guy Upstairs and also I was stretched by the guy downstairs. What it did was completely strengthen my faith and I have realized something very interesting. I had never before subscribed to the idea that maybe Satan is a real person, but I can attest that he was in my room a lot and I know that he hit everyone on this production. ...

“I had all these computers and synthesizers in my studio and the hard drives would go down and the digital picture that lives on the computer with the music would just freeze on his [Satan's] face [Movie The Passion of the Christ]. Then the volume would go to ten and it would happen all the time. The first time it happened, it scared me …Once I got over the initial shock of that, I learned to work around it and learned to reboot the computers and so I would start talking to him.

There was one day when I had been on the movie for about four months when it really became bad that day and a lot of things that were causing doubt in me and I had had enough. The computers froze for about the tenth time that day and it was about nine o'clock at night and so I got really mad, and I told Satan to manifest himself and I said, 'Let's go out into the parking lot and let's go.' It was a sea change in me. I knew that this was war. I am not a physical person, but I was really angry on this occasion. I had booted everything down and saved it and I was walking down the stairs and I was verbalizing and saying to Satan, 'Manifest yourself right now.' ... He didn't manifest himself, but I wished he would have. It changed for me after that.”
— John Debeny (1956- ) Award-winning Film Composer, Movie Producer of “The Passion of the Christ”

“Only religious people are able to see this dimension in history that historians usually miss. They see what is unseen behind all that is seen. Our history is also His-story.”
Gerald M. Verschuuren  (1946-    ) Scientist, author & speaker on the philosophy of Science & Biology

“The Communists affirm the existence of God by their denial of him, falling back upon the old argument that we need not deny what does not exist.”
— Dr Marcus Bach (1906-1995), Author, from the book God and the Soviets

“We say the name of God, but that is only habit.”
— Nikita Khrushchev (1894 - 1971), Russian statesman and premier.

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
— George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903 – 1950) The British novelist & essayist

"If there were no God, there would be no atheists."
— G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) British Journalist, Poet, Author and Playwright

“No arsenal, no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.”
— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.” “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
— George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair] (1903 – 1950) The British novelist & essayist

“If God does not exist, then everything is permitted (allowed).”
— Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Russian Novelist & Journalist

"Free will is the liberty to choose what is right."
— Father Malachi Martin (1921-1999) Exorcist Priest, Theologian &  Author, Radio Interview

“The U.S. must not merely possess the means to act alone if necessary; it must also cultivate the will. Fate, or Divine Providence, has placed America at this time in the position of sole superpower, with the consequent duty to uphold global order and to punish, or prevent, the great crimes of the world.”
— Paul Johnson (1928- ), Journalist, historian, speechwriter & author

“There is a battle in our society, a battle in the western world; it’s been lost in the rest of the Western world, at least in Western Europe. The battle ground for this is the United States of America. Will we be governered by, in our own lives, Judaeo Christian values or secular values.”
Dennis  Prager (1948- ) Author, columnist & host of a nationally syndicated radio show

“Socialism is where decent, but ignorant people evolve to automatically. Is the default position. In other words, people left to themselves, without input of wisdom, end up arriving at the conclusion that socialism makes a lot of sense.  … Socialism is only defeated by a constant injection of religo moral energy. Only the Judeo–Christian tradition combats socialism. If you block yourself off from any kind of authentic input of wisdom, little by little socialism begins to make more and more sense.”
Rabbi Daniel Lapin  (1950-   ) Orthodox Rabbi, talk show host and author

“I, in my own mind, have thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land. ... I believe that God in shedding his grace on this country has always in the divine scheme of things kept an eye on our land and guided it as a promised land.”
— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“The Founding Fathers expressed in words for all to read the ideal of Government based upon the dignity of the individual. That ideal previously had existed only in the hearts and minds of men. They produced the timeless documents upon which the Nation is rounded and has grown great. They, recognizing God as the author of individual fights, declared that the purpose of Government is to secure those rights.
To you and to me this ideal of Government is a self-evident truth. But in many lands the State claims to be the author of human rights. The tragedy of that claim runs through all history and, indeed, dominates our own times. If the State gives rights, it can—and inevitably will—take away those rights.
Without God, there could be no American form of Government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first—the most basic—expression of Americanism. Thus the Founding Fathers saw it, and thus, with God’s help, it will continue to be....Veterans realize, perhaps more clearly than others, the prior place that Almighty God holds in our national life. And they can appreciate, through personal experience, that the really decisive battleground of American freedom is in the hearts and minds of our own people....
The path we travel is narrow and long, beset with many dangers. Each day we must ask that Almighty God will set and keep His protecting hand over us so that we may pass on to those who come after us the heritage of a free people, secure in their God-given rights and in full control of a  Government dedicated to the preservation of those rights.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) Supreme Commander during WWII & 34th President of U.S.

“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
— Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German born theoretical physicist

“We have many men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is blindly stumbling through a spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.”
— Omar Bradley (1893–1981) General WWII

"He who loses money, loses much; He who loses a friend, loses much more, He who loses faith, loses all."
   Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) Wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt &Human Rights Advocate

“The last experience of the sinner is the horrible enslavement of the freedom he desired.”
C.S. Lewis (1898 -1963) Irish writer, scholar & Christian apologetic

"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 is now—when we ought to hear about the responsibilities of our citizenship. America's future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God's government."
— Peter Marshall (1902–1949) Pastor and Chaplain of the United States Senate

 “The advent of the "All Volunteer Force" in the 1970s increased the proportion of practicing Christians among both officers and enlisted. Since 9/11, the "foxhole factor" has come into play: The number of atheists is inversely proportional to that of bullets flying. In short, there have been the very opposite of popular pressures for secularization.”
— Angelo M. Codevilla (1943-  ) Former U.S. Navy officer, Professor, and Author

“Well I believe we [our generation more pro-life] are because all of us were born since Roe vs. Wade and we realize that our birth was not guaranteed.”

"The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it. Militarily. They also lead economically but they're getting weak. But they don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States. Today, we lost that hope."
Lech Walesa (1943-   ) Polish electrican, rights activist who co-founded Solidarity, later became President of Poland

“Certain events are willed by the Lord of History, and they shall take place.” Maxim
Stefan Wyszyński (1901-1981) Polish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church

 "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.  A murderer is less to fear."
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43BC) Roman Philosopher, Lawyer, Statesman and constitutionalist

“God chastises those he loves and all through history whether you want to go back to the Old Testament or New Testament God has always punished all nations when they go against God.
When ever mankind drifts away god, pushes them back in line. So, it isn’t a matter of saying Ok where has scriptures warned me that if my country does such and such. Well it has warned us about morality, basic charity as a society. When society differs and goes against god, we a country were supposed to be a nation under god have given over to a million abortions a year, we are accepting homosexuality as a normal life style, our country is pursing immoral act with in other nations, to where our country it self has become a godless nation. And god himself does not sit back and say oh well let them do what they want to do. God is god and god is going to insure and insist that mankind keep his attention on him one way or another. God doesn’t need 6 billion faithful people that are forced into fidelity, he wants mankind stay in faith fidelity with him by free will and choice. And, god has always through history as the scriptures records and predicts that god purifies mankind to make us worthy to accept us him and receive him as a god.”
— Father Andrew Wingate, Founder of “Oblates of St. Therese”, Radio Interview January 8, 2003

“I stand before you today heart broken, I know history and I love this country …God blessed this country and it took sacrifice because even though they were endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that’s an inheritance. And if you are not willing to fight for you inheritance, even when you leave your children, if they won’t fight for it, they don’t keep it. Mean greedy evil people will take it away.

So many of the things we are doing right now as a country are things that lead to loss of a country. I leave you with this thought and challenge any historian, no mater who you are where you are. You show me a country that ever met its demise while as a nation it was honoring the one true God. You won’t find it. Let’s keep this country alive.”
Louie Gohmert (1953-  ) Representative from Texas on Bill H.R. 397, 2009

“Communism denies God, enslaves men, and destroys justice.”
— Richard Milhous Nixon (1913–1994) 37th President of the United States

“I will have no King but King Jesus. Someone has stolen my country and I want Her Back.”
— Pastor Garrett Lear – Pastor of the Patriots

"In essence I find that the foundation of modern conservatism is driven by a clinging to God in fear of the world, whereas the foundation of modern liberalism is a clinging to the world in fear of God; albeit, the true foundation should be one's clinging to God in fear of God.”
― Chriss Jami (Christopher James Gilbert) Poet, essayist, and philosopher

“The founders of the United States of America … founded it on the principles ancient convent between the Hebrews and God. The only reason that we fear that right now we stare down into the abyss of doom. The only reason that deep in our hearts we question whether the United States of American will indeed continue, and will it indeed continue as the nation we know and love. The only reason that deep in our hearts we worry for its future is because deep in our hearts we know that this country had abandoned the faith of Abraham, Isaiah, and Jacob. This county has stepped out from beneath that convent, that guaranteed durability. Not just ancient Israel but all those who followed in those paths.”
Rabbi Daniel Lapin  (1950-   ) Orthodox rabbi, talk show host and author

"The tyranny of relativism is the spiritual poverty of our time"
Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) (1936-  ) 266th Pope of the Catholic Church

“Christianity is the perfection of Judaism. It is Judaism full flower.”
Father Andrew, Co-Redemptrix Friary Roxbury, MA

“If God did not forgive us all, the world would not exist.”
Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) (1936-  ) 266th Pope of the Catholic Church

"Communism starts with the proposition that there are no universal truths or general truths of human nature.”
— Richard Milhous Nixon (1913–1994) 37th President of the United States

“The wicked shall depart to Sheol [Hell], all the nations that forget God.” (Including the United States of America)
— Psalm 9:17 RSV

"Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse;"
Romans 1:20 RSV

"You know the words from the Bible: 'Build not on sand, but on rock'."
— Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) Russian novelist & historian, spent years in a Soviet Labor Camp for criticizing Joseph Stalin

“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German Writer and Poet

“Do you get the feeling God is no longer watching over America?”
— Matthew “Matt” Drudge (1966 -    ) Editor of the web site the Drudge Report & Author

"There is an old Christian hymn that says this is my father’s world and I am absolute convinced of that. We need to be more sensitive to the movement of God in our history because it gives us reason for optimism. You know, a lot of times we feel very pessimistic. But when we see how God has already moved in the past, why would we fear for the future?"
— Chaplin Barry Black – ( 1948-)  62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate (from the Movie Monumental)

“This is a new nation when we think about history and world history. And this country was allowed to emerge adn become what it is because of the grace of God. And those who founded this nation understood that. An that’s why—you know, America hasn’t been destroyed like other nations that have fallen because because there are still people here who call on  the name of the lord.”
— Alvida King (1951-) Christian Minister and Author (from the Movie Monumental)

"After World War II...we had the opportunity to rule the world. … Something has happened since those days and there is much about America that is no longer good...the list is almost endless ... We have confused liberty with license - and we are paying the awful price. We are a society poised on the brink of self-destruction. ... What is the problem? The real problem is within ourselves. ... I believe the fundamental crisis of our time is a crisis of the spirit. We have lost sight of the moral and spiritual principles on which this nation was established - principles drawn largely from the Judeo-Christian tradition as found in the Bible.”
Billy Graham (1918 - Christian Evangelist and Minister

"Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience....without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure.... America needs God more than God needs America. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under."
— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

"We can't have it both ways. We can't expect God to protect us in a crisis and just leave Him over there on the shelf in our day-to-day living. I wonder if sometimes He isn't waiting for us to wake up, He isn't maybe running out of patience."
— Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) 40th President of the United States

“Practically every social institution is in chaos; moral relativism and situational ethics pervade every arena of public life. Any attempts to invoke the authority of Scripture or lessons of history elicits a cry of, ‘Don’t try to push your view of right and wrong on me; I have my own morality!’ We have reached a point of moral deterioration about which the prophets of Israel proclaimed, ‘Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink; who justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!” (Isaiah 5:20-23)
— William (Bill) R. Bright (1921-2003) Minister, Author, and Film Producer

“When a nation establishes its precepts and its standards upon the standards of the Bible, you see a civilization rise. This is now the fruit of what generations before have given to us. And that is why we need to understand, we have lived off the wealth of greatness, greatness of the founders who understood where all truth begins. Truth is what this nation was built upon, the truth of the Bible. And that’s why going forward if we are to be blessed, we need to recognize, what has worked in the past. Which is recognizing the sovereign hand of a holy God and the precepts and the truths of his word. That is what we need to establish today. We can’t just live off the past we have to renew those truths for the next generation.”
― Michele Bachmann – (1956) Member of the House of Representatives from Minnesota

(If we condone or encourage homosexual behavior.) “We risk incurring God’s judgment by legitimizing homosexuality, permitting gay marriage, and misusing science for procreation. If we legalize homosexual marriage in America, we will go ‘on the record’ as disregarding God’s laws and offending the laws of nature. We would do well to count the cost of such disobedience before we reap divine displeasure”
— William (Bill) R. Bright (1921-2003) Minister, Author, and Film Producer

"Scripture reminds us: 'From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.' (Luke 12:4). God expects each of us—having been blessed with peace, with prosperity, with life—to dedicate ourselves unreservedly to the task at hand, to rebuild our moral and spiritual foundation which was built upon the eternal truth of God. That foundation made America great. It birthed our nation more than two centuries ago. If we pay the price, we will lead our nation into rebirth and gloriously usher into the ‘Next American Century.'! …

If we continue our destructive path, our time for restoring America is very short indeed. … Over the past fifty years, the United States of America has reversed its course from a nation where godliness prevailed to a nation that seemingly has not time for God. Our drug/sex/rock culture pervades the whole earth through television and movies, with devastating moral effects, eerily reminding us of Babylon described in Jeremiah 51:7: 'She made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.' …

Most Americans have forsaken the principles and morals standards that come from God though His inspired word, the Bible; they have traded absolute truth for a humanistic lie. As a result, the nation is reaping the consequences of that flow from our unconfessed sin. As in Babylon, America is having a massive drinking party to the gods of humanism, secularism, materialism, and atheism.

Listen to this biblical warning given to ancient Israel as they stood poised to enter the Promised Land. …"

“When you have eaten your fill, bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you don’t forget the Lord your God and begin to disobey him. For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large, and your silver and gold have multiplied, that is the time to watch out that you don’t become proud, and forget the lord your God.”

“But if you forget about the Lord your God and worship other gods instead, and follow evil ways, you shall certainly perish, just as the Lord has caused other nations in the past to perish. That will be your fate too, if you don’t obey the Lord your God.” (Deuteronomy 8:10-14,19, 20)

— William (Bill) R. Bright (1921-2003) Minister, Author, and Film Producer

“‘The Decline and Fall of the United States of America’ is going to be a piece of cake for future historians to write.”
— Pat Buchanan (1938) Author, Columnist, Political Commentator, Politian

“Like the Pharisees and Sadducees, many people today do not recognize God reaching out to them, nor do they discover the truth of God’s Word and the simple solutions needed to turn out situation around. Most tragically, they do not foresee their own inevitable destruction because they have rejected God’s personal warning. … Today, America has only two choices: continue its ungodly path to destruction, or respond to God’s call for repentance. … He will restore our nation even at this late hour.
— William (Bill) R. Bright (1921-2003) Minister, Author, and Film Producer

"The criminal is the product of spiritual starvation. Someone failed miserably to bring him to know God, love Him and serve Him.
— J. Edgar Hoover – (1895–1972) First Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

“By rejecting faith in Jesus Christ, America has also rejected God’s protective hand, which until recently, sheltered this nation from harm. We have invited the devil which all his diabolical and destructive power in our daily lives.”
— William (Bill) R. Bright (1921-2003) Minister, Author, and Film Producer

"I see America not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us. I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision."
— Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) Writer, Editor, and Poet

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
— Anatole France (1844-1924) French Poet, Journalist, and Novelist

"Our laws and customs were constructed to reflect the Ten Commandments, not only to provide for a good life after death, but for a good life on earth. Christians believe Christs' order to Love thy God with all thy heart, thy whole soul, thy whole mind and with all thy strength, and love thy neighbor as thyself. We try to live by that Golden Rule in our public and private life. Unfortunately, the Commandments and the Golden Rule are being forgotten by our society; to achieve our rebirth, we must recall them. Only than we can expect to survive."
— Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. (1924– 2014) Naval Aviator held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for almost eight years, U.S. Senator

“The future is purchased by the present.”
— Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English Author and Journalist

“God judges nations, states, cities, local areas based on the policies they have.”
— David Barton, Author and Public Speaker on America’s Biblical Heritage

“God has a funny sense of humor. He has a way of treating things, he deals with each individual soul delicately, tenderly, compassionately but he deals with groups of people [a country] according to certain laws and he always observes those laws and that means the innocent are punished with the evil.”
— Father Malachi Martin (Author, Priest and Theologian)

“God has always done judgements. … Ninety-nine percent of the time [He has] done judgements that you will find in the Old Testament. That is He has used nations with their weapons of destruction that have had at that point in time to do His judgements. … He will use existing nations with their arsenal of weapons to do His judgements.”
— Larry Massa (Biblical Teacher, Researcher and Author)

“We may wonder at the choice of Israel and Rome as the archetypes of the new nation, in view of the long history of suffering of the former and the decline of the latter. We may wonder that our ancestors over-looked the darker days of those earlier nations. They did not. They hoped to construct a republic on principles so sound that it might avoid their fate. But they were certain that if we should decline in piety and public virtue we would meet the inexorable fate of nations, which are as but dust in the hands of God.”
— Robert N. Bellah (Sociologist, Professor and Author)

Pre-Revolutionary War Quotes

“It is difficult for man to look into the destiny of future ages; the designs of Providence are vast and complicated, and our own powers are too narrow to admit of much satisfaction to our curiosity. But when we see many great and powerful causes constantly at work, we cannot doubt of their producing proportionate effects. The colonies have not only taken root and acquired strength, but seem hastening with an accelerated progress to such a powerful state as may introduce a new and important change in human affairs.”
— Jonathan Shipley (1714-1788) Bishop of St. Asaph, England, 1773

“The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property. ….[Therefore,] whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge which God hath provided for all men against force and violence. Whensoever, therefore, the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society, and either by ambition, fear, folly, or corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people, by this breach of trust they [the government officals] forfeit the power the people had put into their hands…  and it devolves to the people, who have a right to resume their original liberty, and ….provide for their own safety and security.”
John Locke (1632-1704) British Philosopher & Author with works on the biblical basis of government.

“The more a man is versed in business the more he finds the hand of Providence everywhere." 
— William Pitt - 1st Earl of Chatham
(1708–1778) British Statesman during the French and Indian War

“Remember, George, that God is our only sure trust;  to Him, I commend you …My son neglect not the duty of secret prayer.”
— Mary Ball Washington (1708-1789) Mother of George Washington, parting words to George Washington leaving for the French Indian war.

“Father Abraham, whom have you in heaven? Any Episcopalians? No! Any Presbyterians? No! Any Independents or Methodists? No, No No! Whom have you there? We don’t know those names here. All who are here are Christians...Oh, is this the case? The God help us to forget your party names and to become Christians in deed and truth.”
— George Whitefield (1714-1770) Preacher in The First Great Spiritual Awakening traveled by horseback from New Hampshire to Georgia

“[I] believe that Almighty God himself will look down upon your righteous contest with gracious approbation. You will be a ‘band of brothers,’ cemented by the dearest ties, and strengthened with inconceivable supplies of force and constancy, by that sympathetic ardor, which animates good men, confederated in a single cause. Your honor and sides, you are assigned by divine providence, in the appointed order of things, the protectors of unborn ages, whose fate depends on your virtue. Whether they shall arise the generous and indisputable heirs of the noblest patrimonies, or the dastardly and hereditary drudges of imperious task-master, you must determine.”
— John Dickinson (1732–1808)  Patriot, Founding Father and lawyer

“Stand your ground! Don't fire unless fired upon! But if they want to have a war, let it begin here!”
— Captain John Parker or the Lexington Militia, Lexington Massachusetts, April 19, 1775

“Does the gospel cease to be a law of liberty, because some of its professors pervert it into an engine of tyranny, oppression, and injustice? The assertion, that all religion countenances despotism, and Christianity more than any other, is diametrically opposite to fact. Survey the globe, and you will find that liberty has taken its seat only in Christendom, and that the highest degree of freedom is pleaded for and enjoyed by such as make profession of the gospel.”
Rev. John Joachim Zubly (1724-1781) Pastor, farmer and statesman

“So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.”
James 2:12 RSV

"Blessings have in many instances been given, after fervent prayers have ascended to God, when none but God could have contributed to their existence ; when they were utterly unattainable by any human efforts, and after all hope of obtaining them, except by prayer, had vanished. I am bound, as an inhabitant of New England, solemnly to declare, that, were there no other instances to be found in any other country, the blessings communicated to this, would furnish ample satisfaction concerning this subject, to every sober, much more to every pious man. Among these, the destruction of the French armament under the Duke D' Anville, in the year 1746, ought to be remembered with gratitude and admiration by every inhabitant of this country. This fleet consisted of 40 ships of war; was destined for the destruction of New England; was of sufficient force to render that destruction, in the ordinary progress of things, certain; sailed from Chebuc to, in Nova Scotia, for this purpose; and was entirely destroyed, on the night following a general fast throughout New England, by a terrible tempest. Impious men, who regard not the work of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, and who, for that reason, are finally destroyed, may refuse to give God the glory of this most merciful interposition. But our ancestors had, and it is to be hoped their descendants ever will have, both piety and good sense sufficient to ascribe to Jehovah the greatness, and the power, and the victory, and the majesty; and to bless the Lard God of Israel forever and ever. And have we the same encouragement to present our supplications before the Lord that our fathers had? Most assuredly, His power and grace are still the same."
Mr Dwight, (Regarding being saved from the French Invasion of America in 1746)

"It deserves very particular attention, that the doctrine of the gospel is called a law of liberty. Liberty and law are perfectly consistent; liberty does not consist in living without all restraint; for were all men to live without restraint, as they please, there would be no liberty at all; the strongest would be master, the weakest go to the wall; right, justice, and property must give way to power, and, instead of its being a blessing, a more unhappy situation could not easily be devised unto mankind, than that every man should have it in his power to do what is right in his own eyes; well regulated liberty of individuals is the natural offspring of laws, which prudentially regulate the rights of whole communities; and as laws which take away the natural rights of men are unjust and oppressive, so all liberty which is not regulated by law is a delusive phantom, and unworthy of the glorious name."
Rev. John Joachim Zubly (1724-1781) Pastor, farmer and statesman

“Remove not the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.”
Proverbs 22:28 RSV

Passaconaway's Oration

"Hearken to the words of your father I am an old oak, that has withstood the storms of more than a hundred winters. Leaves and branches have been stripped from me by the winds and frosts. My eyes are dim; my limbs totter; I must soon fall. When young, no one could bury the hatchet in a sapling before me. My arrows could pierce the deer at a hundred rods. No wigwam had so many furs, no pole had so many scalp-locks as Passaconaway's. Then I delighted in war. The whoop of the Penacooks was heard on the Mohawk, and no voice so loud as Passaconaway's. The scalps upon the pole in my wigwam told the story of Mohawk suffering. The English came; they seized the lands; they followed upon my footpath. I made war on them; but they fought with fire and thunder. My young men were swept down before me when no one was near them. I tried sorcery against them, but they still increased, and prevailed over me and mine; I gave place to them, and retired to my beautiful island, Naticook. I, that can take the rattlesnake in my palm as I would a worm without harm, — I, that have had communication with the Great Spirit, dreaming and awake, — I am powerless before the pale-faces. These meadows they shall turn with the plow; these forests shall fall by the axe; the palefaces shall live upon your hunting-grounds, and make their villages upon your fishing-places. The Great Spirit says this, and it must be so. We are few and powerless before them. We must bend before the storm; peace with the white man is the command of the Great Spirit, and the wish — the last wish — of Passaconaway."
Passaconaway (~1550,1570-1697) - Chief of the Pennacook tribe, is said to have lived to one hundred and twenty years of age.


Post-columbian History Quotes

“I am much afraid that the schools and universities will prove to be the great gates to hell unless they diligently labour to explain the Holy Scriptures and engrave them upon the hearts of youth. I advise no one to send their child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution that does not unceasingly occupy its students with the Word of God must become corrupt.”
— Martin Luther (1483-1546) Leader of the Protestant Reformation in Europe

“The prophecies are to be unintelligible to the ungodly but intelligible to those who are properly instructed.”   
— Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist & religious philosopher

"I am abandoned by God and man. I will give you half of what I am worth if you will give me six months of life. Then I shall go to hell and you will go with me, Oh, Christ, Oh, Jesus Christ!" (last words)
Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire] (1694-1778) French writer, humanist, essayist & deist

“About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamour and opposition.”
— Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) English physicist, mathematician & philosopher

“The prophecies are the strongest proof of Jesus Christ. It is for them also that God has made most provision; for the event which has fulfilled them is a miracle existing since the birth of the Church to the end. So God has raised up prophets during sixteen hundred years, and, during four hundred years afterwards, He has scattered all these prophecies among all the Jews, who carried them into all parts of the world. Such was the preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ, and, as His Gospel was to be believed by all the world, it was not only necessary that there should be prophecies to make it believed, but that these prophecies should exist throughout the whole world, in order to make it embraced by the whole world.”
— Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist & religious philosopher

“There is no question the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because he comforted be with marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures ...For the execution of the journey to the Indies I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps. It is simply the fulfillment of Isaiah had prophesied.”
Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) Genoese navigator sailing for Spain discovered the American Continents

"I feel persuaded, by the many and wonderful manifestations of Divine Providence in my especial favour, that I am the chosen instrument of God in bringing to pass a great event—no less than the conversion of millions who are now existing in the darkness of Paganism."
— Amerigo Vespucci (1454–1512) Italian Navigator and Cartographer

“The folly of interpreters has been to foretell times and things by this prophecy, as if God designed to make them prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the prophecy also into contempt. The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this and the prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men's curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that after they were fulfilled they might be interpreted by the event, and his own providence, not the interpreters', be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things predicted many ages before will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by Providence.”
— Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) English physicist, mathematician & philosopher

Pre-Columbian History Quotes

“The wicked shall depart to Sheol [Hell], all the nations that forget God.”
— Psalms 9:17 RSV

“Moreover choose able men from all the people, such as fear God, men who are trustworthy and who hate a bribe; and place such men over the people as rulers of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.”
— Exodus 18:21 RSV

“Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day's problems. When the Church and the world are one, then those days are at hand.”
— Saint Antony the Abbot (251-356) - Anthony of Egypt

"And when your herds and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, Beware lest you say in your heart, 'My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth,' You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth; that he may confirm his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as at this day. And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you this day that you shall surely perish. Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God."
— Deuteronomy 8:13, 17-20  RSV

"'And if you obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments which I command you this day, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God. 'But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. 'The LORD will send upon you curses, confusion, and frustration, in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly, on account of the evil of your doings, because you have forsaken me.'"
— Deuteronomy 
28:1-2, 15-16, 20  RSV