American Founding Fathers Sayings

“ God governs in the affairs of man.
And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice,
is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?
We have been assured in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house,
they labor in vain that build it.
I firmly believe this.
I also believe that, without His concurring aid,
we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel”
Constitutional Convention of 1787


“Now I will avow, that I then believe, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.”
– Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813

“I am a real Christian – that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
– from a letter to Thomas Jefferson.

“Here is my Creed. I believe in one God, the Creator of the Universe.
That He governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.
“That the most acceptable service we render to him is in doing good to his other children.
That the soul of man is immortal,
and will be treated with justice in another life respecting its conduct in this.
These I take to be the fundamental points in all sound religion,
and I regard them as you do in whatever sect I meet with them.
–The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, p. 385

“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire,
I think the system of morals and his religion,
as he left them to us, is the best the world ever saw, or is likely to see;

“But I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes,
and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity;
though it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it,
and think it needless to busy myself with it now,
when I expect soon an opportunity of knowing the truth with less trouble.
I see no harm, however, in its being believed,
if that belief has the good consequence, as probably it has,
of making his doctrines more respected and more observed;
especially as I do not perceive, that the Supreme takes it amiss,
by distinguishing the unbelievers in his government of the world with any peculiar marks of his displeasure.”

–Benjamin Franklin wrote this in a letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University on March 9, 1790.


“The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs.”
– Letter to James Smith, Thomas Jefferson

“The religion-builders have so distorted and deformed the doctrines of Jesus,
so muffled them in mysticism’s, fancies and falsehoods,
have caricatured them into forms so monstrous and inconceivable,
as to shock reasonable thinkers, to revolt them against the whole,
and drive them rashly to pronounce its Founder an imposter.
Had there never been a commentator, there never would have been an infidel.”
— Jefferson’s Letter to Timothy Pickering, Thomas Jefferson

”The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”
-in Poor Richard’s Almanac, Benjamin Franklin

“When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself;
and when it does not support itself so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, ’t is a sign, I apprehend, of it’s being a bad one.”
– Benjamin Franklin

”In the affairs of the world, men are saved not by faith, but by the lack of it.”
– Benjamin Franklin

”Can a free government possibly exist with the Roman Catholic religion?”
-letter to Thomas Jefferson, By John Adams

“I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved – the Cross.
Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!”
– letter to Thomas Jefferson, By John Adams

”God is an essence that we know nothing of.
Until this awful blasphemy is got rid of,
there will never be any liberal science in the world.”
– John Adams

”Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”
Thomas Paine

”We do not admit the authority of the church with respect to its pretended infallibility,
its manufactured miracles, its setting itself up to forgive sins.
It was by propagating that belief and supporting it with fire that she kept up her temporal power.”
– Thomas Paine

”This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”
– John Adams

”I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of.
My own mind is my own Church.
Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief;
and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”
– Thomas Paine

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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