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Quotes From Past Presidents

The Bible is the book upon which this Republic rests. – Andrew Jackson
It is impossible to govern rightly without God and the Bible. – George Washington

Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. – Benjamin Franklin

The foundation of our society and our government rests so much on the teachings 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 philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. – Abraham Lincoln

The basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days. If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a government which does not believe in the rights for anybody except the State! – Harry S. Truman

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. – John Adams

The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Nations, no less than individuals, are subject to the eternal and immutable laws of justice and morality. – John Quincy Adams

And can liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? – Thomas Jefferson

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity. – John Quincy Adams

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…. And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail, in exclusion of religious principle. – George Washington, Farewell Address, September 1796