helps them that help themselves."
"God helps them that help themselves."
is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."
is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."
“Of all things, guard against
neglecting God in the secret place of prayer.”
"Founded on faith in God, the United
States has been blessed as no other nation."
"In regard to this Great Book, I have
but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man."
"Freedom prospers when religion
is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."
"My principal battle
with the North Vietnamese was a moral one, and prayer was my prime source
"Let us raise a standard to which
the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God."
“God Almighty has set before
me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation
"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve
it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it."
"Freedom is not a gift
bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the
laws of God and nature."
"Freedom and fear, justice and
cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral
"That this nation, under God, shall
have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the
people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
"How many observe Christ's birthday!
How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments."
"Although I had lived a far from
perfect life, my heart and soul belonged to God, country, and family
long before the Navy got hold of me."
"It is difficult to make a man
miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the
great God who made him."
"It is false to suggest that Thomas
Jefferson or any other Founding Father believed in a legal barrier to
God in the public square."
"Yes, across Europe, this
wall will fall. For it cannot withstand faith; it cannot withstand truth.
The wall cannot withstand freedom."
believe all these things because freedom is not America's gift to the
world, it is the Almighty God's gift to every man and woman in this
“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.”
"our rights come from our Creator
and it is impossible to define America if you do not talk in public
about where your rights come from."
"I prayed. God became more than
faith. He became knowledge, and I appealed to him. Then I became ashamed.
Why hadn't I embraced him so thoroughly before?"
"Christmas is not a time nor a
season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous
in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."
"We honor the heritage of all who
come here, no matter where they come from, because we trust in our country's
genius for making us all Americans -- one nation under God."
"You show me a judge who thinks
we don't have the right to say, "one nation under God" and I'll show
you somebody who shouldn't sit in the Federal court."
"Our coin bears the inscription:
In God We Trust. And our Bible reassures us: The Lord is just and merciful.
With the Lord thence our protector, whom or what shall we fear?"
"If you go to the Lincoln Memorial,
the Second Inaugural is probably the most religious speech ever given
by an American President. In its 732 words, it references God 14 times
and has two verses of the Bible."
"In regard to this Great Book,
I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the
good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book."
"Americans are a free people, who
know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every
nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it
is God's gift to humanity."
"The Declaration of Independence
has established certain moral confines, and governs in a manner consistent
with the spirit under which our nation was founded: Love God; love thy
neighbor as thyself."
"During the darkest days of the
Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress and George Washington –
I call him the first George W. – (laughter and applause) – urged citizens
to pray and to give thanks and to ask for God's protection."
"Deeply impressed with the blessing
which we enjoy, and of which we have much manifold proofs, my mind is
irresistibly drawn to that Almighty Being, the great source source from
whence they proceed and whom our most grateful acknowledgements are
"America's foreign policy supports
freedom, democracy, and human dignity for all mankind, and we make no
apologies for it. The opportunity society that we want for ourselves
we also want for others, not because we're imposing our system on others
but because those opportunities belong to all people as God-given birthrights
and because by promoting democracy and economic opportunity we make
peace more secure."
"While America's military strength
is important, let me add here that I've always maintained that the struggle
now going on for the world will never be decided by bombs or rockets,
by armies or military might. The real crisis we face today is a spiritual
one; at root, it is a test of moral will and faith."
"I would be killed by an atheistic
government which was trying to force me to renounce my God-fearing government.
I was convinced that the next day would be my last on earth, and I felt
no bitterness. God had given me a full life."
"We go forward with complete confidence
in the eventual triumph of freedom. Not because history runs on the
wheels of inevitability; it is human choices that move events. Not because
we consider ourselves a chosen nation; God moves and chooses as He wills."
I enter on the trust to which I have
been called by the suffrages of my fellow-citizens with my fervent prayers
to the Almighty that He will be graciously pleased to continue to us
that protection which He has already so conspicuously displayed in our
"I want you to know that this administration
is motivated by a political philosophy that sees the greatness of America
in you, her people, and in your families, churches, neighborhoods, communities
-- the institutions that foster and nourish values like concern for
others and respect for the rule of law under God."
"With malice toward none, with
charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the
right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the
nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and
for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish
a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
"I shall look for whatever success
may attend my public service; and knowing that "except the Lord keep
the city the watchman waketh but in vain," with fervent supplications
for His favor, to His overruling providence I commit with humble but
fearless confidence my own fate and the future destinies of my country."
"Christmas represents love and mercy.
It was ushered in by the star of hope and remains forever consecrated
by the sacrifice of the cross. Christmas holds its place in the hearts
of men because they know that love is the greatest thing in the world.
Christmas is celebrated in the true spirit only by those who make some
sacrifice for the benefit of their fellow men."
“Is it not the great end of
religion, and, in particular, the glory of Christianity, to extinguish
the malignant passions; to curb the violence, to control the appetites,
and to smooth the asperities of man; to make us compassionate and kind,
and forgiving one to another; to make us good husbands, good fathers,
good friends; and to render us active and useful in the discharge of
the relative social and civil duties?”
a decent and honorable country -- and resilient, too. We've been through
a lot together. We've met challenges and faced dangers, and we know
that more lie ahead. Yet we can go forward with confidence -- because
the State of our Union is strong, our cause in the world is right, and
tonight that cause goes on. God bless."
"The U.S. was founded by a group
of political leaders who signed a document which says, “We are endowed
by our Creator with certain inalienable rights.” That means that all
of your political rights come from God and you then loan some of your
power to the State which is why the Constitution begins, “We, the People
of the United States.”
“It is essential...that you should form
and adopt certain rules or principles, for the government of your own
conduct and temper. Unless you have such rules and principles, there
will be numberless occasions on which you will have no guide for your
government but your passions...It is in the Bible, you must learn them,
and from the Bible how to practice them.”
"Prayer is a gift from Almighty
God that transforms us, whether we bow our heads in solitude, or offer
swift and silent prayers in times of trial. Prayer humbles us by reminding
us of our place in creation. Prayer strengthens us by reminding us that
God loves and cares for each and every soul in His creation. And prayer
blesses us by reminding us that there is a divine plan that stands above
all human plans."
"So when people tell you, oh, you
can't have the Ten Commandments on public property, they're just wrong.
It's historically false. It's not true. Now, you can decide to invent
a new America in which you shouldn't say "one nation under God" as part
of the pledge because, after all, you will offend three atheists. But
that's not the America you inherited. That's a different country. And
I think it's a weaker country and I think it's a country that has no
roots in terms of where its rights come from."
"... it is not the creation of
wealth that is wrong, but love of money for its own sake. The spiritual
dimension comes in deciding what one does with the wealth. How could
we respond to the many calls for help, or invest for the future, or
support the wonderful artists or craftsmen whose work also glorifies
God, unless we had first worked hard and used our talents to create
the necessary wealth?
"Our laws and customs were constructed
to reflect the Ten Commandments, not only to provide for a good life
after death, but for a good life on earth. Christians believe Christs'
order to Love thy God with all thy heart, thy whole soul, thy whole
mind and with all thy strength, and love thy neighbor as thyself. We
try to live by that Golden Rule in our public and private life. Unfortunately,
the Commandments and the Golden Rule are being forgotten by our societ;
to achieve our rebirth, we must recall them. Only than we can expect
"I was brought up by a Victorian
Grandmother. We were taught to work jolly hard. We were taught to prove
yourself; we were taught self reliance; we were taught to live within
our income. You were taught that cleanliness is next to Godliness. You
were taught self respect. You were taught always to give a hand to your
neighbour. You were taught tremendous pride in your country. All of
these things are Victorian values. They are also perennial values. You
don’t hear so much about these things these days, but they were good
values and they led to tremendous improvements in the standard of living."
"While dwelling with pleasing satisfaction
upon the superior excellence of our political institutions, let us not
be unmindful that liberty is power; that the nation blessed with the
largest portion of liberty must in proportion to its numbers be the
most powerful nation upon earth, and that the tenure of power by man
is, in the moral purposes of his Creator, upon condition that it shall
be exercised to ends of beneficence, to improve the condition of himself
and his fellow men."
"Well, I think it’s pretty clear
in the original document, the Declaration of Independence of the Founding
Fathers, that we are endowed by our Creator certain inalienable rights
which are the rights of liberty, life and the pursuit of happiness.
And I think what every listener needs to understand is that in the minds
of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the people who
wrote that document, they literally meant that your rights come from
God, that you then loan them to the government, which is why the Declaration
of Independence begins “We the people…”. And therefore if we drive God
out of the public square we drive out the source of our own rights and
our own source of power."
"Whereas it is the duty of all
Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will,
to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection
and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee
78 requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day
of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with
grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by
affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government
for their safety and happiness."
Compiled by Thomas George
Compiled by Thomas George