(1735-1826) Lawyer, Continental Congress delegate, U.S. Minister to France and Great Britain, First Vice-President of the United States, Second President of the United States of America.
“I pray Heaven bestow the best of blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise ever rule under this roof.”
“[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people, wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life, is, or very soon will be, void of all Regard for his country.”
“The number of men in all ages have preferred ease, slumber, and good cheer to liberty, when they have been in competition.”
"Statesmen...may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.... The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a great Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty."
“We took our horses to the meeting in the afternoon and heard the minister again upon "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." There is great pleasure in hearing sermons so serious, so clear, so sensible and instructive as these....”
“The Christian religion is, above all the Religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of Wisdom, Virtue, Equity, and Humanity. Let the Blackguard Paine say what he will; it is Resignation to God, it is Goodness itself to Man.”
“I have examined all religions, as well as my narrow sphere, my straightened means, and my busy life, would allow; and the result is that the Bible is the best Book in the world. It contains more philosophy than all the libraries I have seen.”
"I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means...."
"Let justice be done though the heavens should fall."
"Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of divine and moral government."
"The general principals, on which the Fathers Achieved independence, were the only Principals in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite... And what were these general principals? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all theses sects were United; And the general principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young men United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence. Now I will avow, that I then believed, and now believe that those general Principals of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; And that those Principals of Libert, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System."
"The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave."
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