(1732-1799) Planter, Surveyor, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and First President of the United States of America.
“It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of All Mighty God."
“Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principal.”
“Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people. The general government…can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, an oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any despotic or oppressive form so long as there is any virtue in the body of the people.”
“Do not let any one claim to be a true American if they ever attempt to remove religion from politics.”
“Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. It is a force, like fire: a dangerous servant and a terrible master.”
“It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.”
“I consider it as an indispensable duty to close this last act of my official life by commending the interest of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God, and those who have the superintendence of them to his holy keeping.”
“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.”
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
“Our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to Almighty God, and implore Him to continue and confirm the blessings we experienced.”
“While just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support.”
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of man and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connexions with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked, Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?
“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 of the minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principal. It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?”
“To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to laud the more distinguished character of Christian.”
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
“The enemy have now landed on Long Island and the hour is fast approaching on which the honor and success of this army and the safety of our bleeding country depend. Remember, officers and soldiers, that you are freemen fighting for the blessings of liberty- that slavery will be your portion and that of your posterity if you do not acquit yourselves like men.”
"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily."
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