Good Fruit

Good Fruit

 

Introduction

I love quotes. They’re nuggets of wisdom and truth in a world full of lies and deception. The best quotes are Bible quotes, because the Bible is the source of all wisdom and truth. Jesus said if we continue in his word, we will know the truth and the truth will make us free.

The following quotes are from some of the wisest men who ever lived. They understood that knowing the truth of God makes us free. And neglecting or ignoring the truth of God makes us economic slaves to those who rule over us.

 

America

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich theory of life.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — 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.” – Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address

“America was founded on liberty and independence –not governed coercion, domination, and control. We are born free and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.” – Donald J. Trump

“My dream is of a place and time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

The Bible

“It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.” – Horace Greeley

“If truth be not diffused, error will be; If God and his word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy; If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will.
 
If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.” – Daniel Webster

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral subjects . . . It is the only correct map of the human heart that ever has been published.” – Dr. Benjamin Rush

“By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.” – Dr. Benjamin Rush

“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” – Ronald Reagan

 

Capitalism

“Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, in which all property is privately owned.” – Ayn Rand

“Doing well is the result of doing good. That’s what Capitalism is all about.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.” – Ben Shapiro

“The inherit vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherit virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” – Winston Churchill

 

Christianity

“Every civil government is based upon some religion or philosophy of life. Education in a nation will propagate the religion of that nation. In America, the foundational religion was Christianity. And it was sown in the hearts of Americans through the home and private and public schools for centuries.

Our liberty, growth, and prosperity was the result of a Biblical philosophy of life. Our continued freedom and success is dependent on our educating the youth of America in the principles of Christianity.” – Noah Webster

“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were . . . the general principles of Christianity . . . I will avow that I then believed, 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.” – John Adams

“Let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers brought hither their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate . . . and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political and literary.” – Daniel Webster

“To the kindly influence of Christianity, we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys . . . Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government. and all blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.” – Jedediah Morse

 

Communism

“The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.” – Karl Marx   

“Communism was meant to be an alternative religion.” – David Miliband

“Communism is a religion that is inspired, directed and motivated by the Devil himself, who has declared war against Almighty God.” – Billy Graham

“How do you tell a Communist? Well, its someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.” – Ronald Reagan

“Communism doesn’t work because people like to own stuff.” – Frank Zappa

“Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality springs from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.” -Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

 

The Constitution

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” – Patrick Henry

“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.” – James Madison

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” – Abraham Lincoln

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

Education

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people . . . They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this, there can be no virtue, and without virtue, there can be no liberty.” – Dr, Benjamin Rush 

“Education is useless without the Bible. The Bible was America’s basic textbook in all fields. God’s Word, contained in the Bible, has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct.” – Noah Webster 

“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.” – Noah Webster

“I am much afraid that the schools and universities will prove to be the great gates to hell unless they diligently labour to explain the Holy Scriptures and engrave them upon the hearts of youth. I advise no one to send their child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution that does not unceasingly occupy its students with the Word of God must become corrupt.” – Martin Luther

“Education ought everywhere to be religious education. Parents are bound to employ instructors who will educate their children religiously. To commit our children to the care of irreligious persons is to commit lambs to the superintendency of wolves.” – Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University (1795-1817)

 

The First Amendment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press’ or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. When our Founding Fathers passed the First Amendment, they sought to protect churches from government interference. They never intended to construct a wall of hostility between government and the concept of religious belief itself. … To those who cite the First Amendment as reason for excluding God from more and more of our institutions every day, I say: The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny.”  – Ronald Reagan

 

Freedom

“The secret of freedom lies in educating people whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant.”  – Maximilien Robespierre

“The time is now near at hand, which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them.

The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of a brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer, or to die.” – George Washington

“I hope that we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” – Ronald Reagan

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” ― Ronald Reagan

“If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the wrong of it is that if it is comfort or money, it will lose that too.” – Somerset Maugham

“If we become a people who are willing to give up our money and our freedom in exchange for rhetoric and promises, then nothing can save us.” – Thomas Sowell

“If we lose freedom here, there’s no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.” – Ronald Regan 

 

Freedom of Speech

“Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the Constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates.” – Benjamin Franklin

“In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own . . . Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation that must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

God

“The same God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.” – Thomas Jefferson

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” – The Declaration of Independence

“God is our creator. He has created us with rights that some governments manage to violate, but no man can change or erase the essence of those rights being a part of us. Our founding fathers understood that in writing the Bill of Rights. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights must be accepted on the whole as the foundation of our government.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” – Patrick Henry

“And yet the same revolutionary belief for which our forebears fought is still at issue around the globe, the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” – John F. Kennedy

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Without Divine assistance, I cannot succeed; with it, I cannot fail! I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God’s word because it finds me where I am.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

Government

“Government is frequently and aptly classed under two descriptions – a government of force, and a government of laws; the first is the definition of despotism – the last, of liberty.” -Alexander Hamilton

“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” – Ronald Reagan

“Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.” – William Penn

“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” – Calvin Coolidge

“That government is best which governs least.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” – Ronald Reagan

“But you must remember, my fellow citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and you must pay the price, if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your state as well as in the federal government.” – Andrew Jackson

“If the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.” – Noah Webster

“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence

“My fervent supplications to that Almighty Being Who rules over the universe, Who presides in the council of nations, and Whose providential aid can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by Himself for these essential purposes.” – George Washington

“He who made all men hath made the truths necessary to human happiness obvious to all . . . Our forefathers opened the Bible to all.” – Sam Adams

“The makers of our constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness . . . They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations. They conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone —  the most comprehensive of the rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” – Justice Louis D. Brandeis

“Happiness depends on the inward disposition on mind than on outward circumstances.” – Benjamin Franklin

 “You only have the right to pursue happiness; you have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin

 

Knowledge

 “Liberty cannot be preserved . . . without a general knowledge among the people.” – John Adams

“A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.” – Benjamin Franklin

“A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district – all studied and appreciated as they merit – are the principal support of virtue, morality and civil liberty.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” – James Madison

“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the contrary, when people are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign invaders.” – Sam Adams

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

Morality

“To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper.” – Daniel Webster 

“The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws . . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible. – Noah Webster

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure . . . are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”  – Charles Carroll of Carrollton

 

The Second Amendment

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – The Second Amendment

“The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” – James Madison

“A well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the most natural defense of a free country.” – James Madison

 

Socialism

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

“If socialists understood economics, they wouldn’t be socialists.”  – Friedrich Von Hayek

“In practice, socialism didn’t work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy.” – David Horowitz

“The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

“Socialism, in general, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.” – Thomas Sowell

“The reason this country continues its drift toward socialism and a big nanny government is because too many people vote in the expectation of getting something for nothing, not because they have a concern for what is good for the country.” – Lyn Nofziger

 

Tyranny

“The very definition of tyranny is when all powers are gathered under one place.” – James Madison

“It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.” – Patrick Henry

“A pure democracy is generally a very bad government. It is often the most tyrannical government on earth; for a multitude is often rash, and will not hear reason.” – Noah Webster, The Original Blue Back Speller

“Crisis is the rallying cry of the tyrant.” – James Madison

“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

 

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