• David Rooslet III

My Favorite American Heritage Quotes



“May not the children of these fathers rightly say: “Our fathers were English men which came over this great ocean and were ready to perish in this wilderness, but they cried unto the Lord , and he heard their voice . Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good and his mercies endure forever.” William Bradford, Mayflower pilgrim and Chief Governor of Plymouth Colony

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a [our] government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made not for the public good so much as for the selfish or local purposes; Corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a [our] government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the Laws.” Noah Webster (1832)

“Our end in leaving our native country is not to gain riches and honor, but singly this: to live wholly for the glory of God.” James Edward Ogalthorpe, established Colony of Georgia

“If thou wouldst rule well, thou must rule for God, and to do that, thou must be ruled by Him. Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.” William Penn, Founder of Pennsylvania

“We shall find that the God of Israel is among us…for we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.” John Winthrop, First Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” John Jay, First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

“If you ask an American who is his master, he will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ” Jonathan Trumbull, British governor of Connecticut

“You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. Congress will do everything it can to assist you in this wise intention.” George Washington in 1779 address to Delaware Indian Chiefs

“If the power of the gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.” Daniel Webster, Secretary of State twice

“My friends, before I begin the expression of those thoughts that I deem appropriate to this moment, would you permit me the privilege of uttering a little private prayer of my own. And I ask that you bow your heads: Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the executive branch of government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race, or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. Amen.” Dwight Eisenhower, Inaugural Address

“We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.” James Madison, primary author of the US Constitution

“The foundation of our society and our government rests so much on the teaching of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” Calvin Coolidge

“The congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.” US Congress, 1782

“No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people. All the miseries and evil 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, Webster’s Dictionary

“The rights of the colonists as Christians may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institution of the great Law Giver and head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written in the New Testament.” Samuel Adams

“Why is it that next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? Is it not that in the chain of human events, the birth day of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birth day of the Savior. Is it not that the Declaration of Independence laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.” John Quincy Adams, President

“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, in the same proportion will the people of the nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom and approximate the miseries of complete despotism.” Jedidiah Morse, Father of Morse Code developer

“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God” John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address

“There is no country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America. The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other. Upon my arrival in the US, the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention. In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom pursuing courses diametrically opposed to each other, but in America I found that they were intimately united, and that they reigned in common over the same country.” Alexis De Tocqueville, French author 1831

“That book, sir, is the rock upon which our republic rests.” Andrew Jackson, President in reference to the bible

“At such a time in history, we who are free must proclaim anew our faith. This faith is the abiding creed of our fathers. It is our faith in the deathless dignity of man, governed by eternal moral and natural laws. This faith defines our full view of life. It establishes, beyond debate, those gifts of the Creator that are man’s inalienable rights, and that make all men equal in His sight. “ Dwight Eisenhower, Inaugural Address

“Truth, for Christ and the Church” Harvard University’s first Motto

“The past and present show faith and hope and courage fully justified. Here stands our country, an example of tranquility at home, a patron of tranquility abroad. Here stands its Government, aware of its might but obedient to its conscience. Here it will continue to stand, seeking peace and prosperity, solicitous for the welfare of the wage earner, promoting enterprise, developing waterways and natural resources, attentive to the intuitive counsel of womanhood, encouraging education, desiring the advancement of religion, supporting the cause of justice and honor among the nations. America seeks no earthly empire built on blood and force. No ambition, no temptation, lures her to thought of foreign dominions. The legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the cross. The higher state to which she seeks the allegiance of all mankind is not of human, but of divine origin. She cherishes no purpose save to merit the favor of Almighty God.” Calvin Coolidge Inaugural Address

“Let every scholar be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal Life…therefore to lay Christ in the bottom as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.” Harvard University mantra

“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 that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.” Patrick Henry, 1st governor of Virginia

“I am a Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus. I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator, and, I hope to the pure doctrine of Jesus also.” Thomas Jefferson, written on the inside cover of his bible

“Under God’s power, she flourishes” Princeton Motto

“It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality, are the indispensable supporters. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that our national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington in his farewell speech on September 19, 1796

“Cursed be all learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ” Jonathan Dickenson, First president of Princeton

“We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams, second President and chairman of the American Bible Society, in an address to military leaders

“All scholars shall live religious, godly and blameless lives according to the rules of God’s word, diligently reading the Holy scriptures.” Regulations of Yale University

“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 clamor and opposition.” Sir Isaac Newton

“An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle, sir, is not of the strong alone. Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.” Patrick Henry, 1st governor of Virginia

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” John Jay, First Court Justice

“The prophecies are to be unintelligible to the ungodly but intelligible to those who are properly instructed.” Blaise Pascal



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