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Famous Quotes

Life, Liberty, and Property

 The following are famous quotes found throughout Ray's book, God in Government:

ON PROPERTY, LIMITED GOVERNMENT, AND SELF-RELIANCE:

"We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."  (James Madison)

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people will discipline themselves."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property, that it will not authorize the least violation of it; no, not even for the general good of the whole community,"  (William Blackstone)

"The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property."  (Karl Marx) 

"Thou shall not steal" and "Thou shall not covet"  (The Bible)

"Man is not free unless government is limited."  (Ronald Reagan)

"The power to tax is the power to destroy."  (U.S. Supreme Court - 1819)

"He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants."  (1 Samuel 8:17)

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"The Founding Fathers knew a government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose."  (Ronald Reagan)

"Trade unions infringe upon the property rights of company owners."  (Barry Goldwater)

"It is necessary that all power on earth be limited."  (Reverend John Cotton)

"My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them."  (Barry Goldwater)

"Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?"  (Thomas Jefferson)

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the people's liberty's teeth."  (George Washington)

"When people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"The prince must not take any of the inheritance of the people, driving them off their property."  (Ezekiel 46:18)

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of the labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government."  (Thomas Jefferson)  

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence."  (Ronald Reagan)

"I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away."  (Luke 19:26)

"I think the best way of doing good for the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."  (Benjamin Franklin)

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have."  (Thomas Jefferson)  

"None are more helplessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."  (Johann von Goethe)

"If a man will not work, he shall not eat"  (2 Thessalonians 3:10)

"Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth."  (The Bible)

"Property is the fruit of labor: property is desirable: is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise."  (Abraham Licoln)

"The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less."  (Exodus 30:15)

"It is a wonderful fact that men and women saved by the blood of Jesus rarely remain subjects of charity, but rise at once to comfort and respectability... I never saw a man who put Christ first in his life that wasn't successful."  (D.L. Moody)

"More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent."  (Billy Sunday)

"Let us remember there is not a poor person in the United States who was not made poor by his own shortcomings."  (Russell H. Conwell)

"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."  (Alexander Tyler - 1787)

"A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children."  (Proverbs 13:22)

ON MORALITY, FAITH, AND ACTIVISM:

"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."  (John Adams)

"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)

"This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."  (Patrick Henry) 

"The Bible is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God and spiritual nature and need of men. It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation... America was born a Christian nation."  (George Washington)

"Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."  (George Washington)

"The Bible is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed."  (Patrick Henry)

"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 aide?"  (Benjamin Franklin)

"No nation has ever yet existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has ever been given to man, and I as Chief Magistrate of this nation am bound to give it the sanction of my example."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible."  (George Washington)

"I have always considered Christianity as the strong ground of republicanism."  (Benjamin Rush)

"No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian religion... Should our republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance this great experiment will then surely be doomed."  (John Jay)

"No enactment of man can be considered law unless it conforms to the law of God."  (William Blackstone)

"While just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government its surest support."  (George Washington)

"Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is their duty, as well as privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."  (John Jay)

"What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace."  (John Wesley)

"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins."  (The Bible)

"Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully."  (Proverbs 28:5)

"When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan."  (Proverbs 29:2)

"Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."  (Benjamin Franklin)

"We must obey God rather than men!"  (Acts 5:29)

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

"For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined."  (Isaiah 60:12)

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"  (Edmund Burke)

"My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge."  (Hosea 4:6)

"I know no way of judging the future but by the past."  (Patrick Henry)

"History, by apprizing them of the past will enable them to judge of the future."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"There is nothing so absurd but if you repeat it often enough people will believe it."  (Dr. William James - On the "Seperation of Church and State")

"Where there is ignorance of God, the people run wild."  (The Bible)

"He who is not with me is against me."  (Matthew and Luke)

"All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."  (2 Timothy)

"Blessed are all who fear the lord, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor: blessings and prosperity will be yours."  (Psalm 128:1-2)

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."  (Galatians 5:1)

"The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."  (U.S. Congress - 1782)

"If we were to remove the Bible from public schools we would be wasting so much time punishing crimes and taking so little pains to prevent them."  (Benjamin Rush)

"The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effectual means of extirpating Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools."  (Benjamin Rush)

"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  (Matthew 6:33)

"We shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us."  (John Winthrop)

"The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds that it is impossible to make them conceive one without the other."  (Alexis de Tocqueville)

"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers - and it was not there ... in her rich mines and her vast world commerce - and it was not there ... in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution - and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of america and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."  (Alexis de Tocqueville)

"Within the covers of that single Book [the Bible] are all the answers to all the problems that face us today."  (Ronald Reagan)

"If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."  (Ronald Reagan)

"One thing I have learned about Christians, having organized them for years - when they lose, they quit. And when they win they quit. We are just quitters."  (Rev. Jerry Falwell)

"God will bless or curse this nation, according to the course Christians take."  (Rev. Charles G. Finney)

"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers."  (Thomas Jefferson)

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."  (Psalm 33:12)

ON COLLECTIVISM AND ATHEISM: 

"The duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world, and the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level."  (William F. Buckley Jr.)

"The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property."  (Karl Marx) 

"Nothing is easier than to give Christian asceticism a Socialist tinge."  (Karl Marx - Communist Manifesto)

"Any man under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart, and any man over 30 who is not a conservative has no brains."  (Winston Churchill)

"There are two places only where socialism will work; in heaven where it is not needed, and in hell where they already have it."  (Winston Churchill)

"Change the economic base and you will change human beings."  (Karl Marx)

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."  (Karl Marx - Communist Manifesto)  

"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."  (Karl Marx - Communist Manifesto)

"Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand."  (Karl Marx)

"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles."  (Karl Marx - Communist Manifesto)

"In a political struggle of class against class, organization of trade unions is the most important weapon."  (Frederick Engels)

"Without the presence of class warfare, trade unions would be hard put to justfy their existence."  (Karl Marx)

"WORKERS OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!"  (Communist Manifesto)

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord"
                                                             - Psalm 33:12