Friday, July 4, 2014

Quotes: Founding Fathers and Presidents

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. -Patrick Henry


It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.  -Patrick Henry


It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.  -Patrick Henry
Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation … it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.  -James Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States, 1877


We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.  -Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation


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


I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.  -Thomas Jefferson

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

True! Americans needs to humble themselves, repent (turn from) their wicked ways and pray earnestly to to God for forgiveness, before it is everlasting too late!

Arlene said...

I love to read quotations from our founding fathers and other great men in history! Thanks for sharing some great ones. I hope your Independence Day was lovely. :)

J. said...

The quote by Daniel Webster is so true.

Reminds me of the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:3: "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."

Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. Psalm 146:3

In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Psalm 56:11