Presidential Quotes

President John Adams, "I have examined all (of scripture), as well as my narrow sphere, my straight and mean, and my busy life would allow me, and the result is that the bible is the best book in the world. It contains more of my little philosophy than all the libraries I've seen, and such parts of it is I cannot reconcile to my little philosophy I postpone for future investigation."

Thomas Jefferson, "I have always said and always will say that the studious perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers and better husbands."

We 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. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
John Adams

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

No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.
George Washington

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 (spoken in 1787 when he was 81, as part of a speech he gave to the Constitutional Convention during a bitter debate - the beginning of morning prayer at both houses of Congress ever since)

The Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth [and] laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.
John Quincy Adams

It is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we may expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and the invincible soldier. - God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable, and that the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to the support and establishment of both.
John Witherspoon

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, 1745-1829, First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

No people ought to feel greater obligations to celebrate the goodness of the Great Disposer of Events and of [the] Destiny of Nations than the people of the United States ... And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed this favored land.
James Madison

President John Quincy Adams: "I speak as a man of the world to men of the world and I say to you, search the scriptures, the Bible is the book of all others to be read at all ages and in all conditions of human life; not to be read once or twice or thrice through and then laid aside, but to be read in small portions of one or two chapters every day and never to be intermitted unless by some overruling necessity."

Daniel Webster, speaking about the Bible, said, "I have read it through many times. I now make a practice of going through it once a year. It is the book of all others for lawyers as well as divine, and I pity the man who cannot find in it a rich supply of thought and rules for conduct."