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?/?/2018 ~ Presidential Quotes 14


Darkness holds the death of light.
Upright are those fearless in His called for faith.

18. Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)

“Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties.
Write its precepts in your hearts, practice them in your lives.”

"Remember therefore how you have received and heard;
hold fast and repent. ..." ~ Revelation 3:3


“Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book
we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization
and to this we must look as our guide in the future.”

“As soon as slavery fired upon the flag it was felt, we all felt, even those
who did not object to slaves, that slavery must be destroyed. We felt that
it was a stain to the Union that men should be bought and sold like cattle.”

“If we are to have another contest in the near future of our
national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason
and Dixon's but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side,
and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.”

A line between the Genuine and Phony

FREEDOM

PATRIOTISM

      INTELLIGENCE      

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

      SUPERSTITION      

IGNORANCE

AMBITION


“God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both.”

“Let us labor for the security of free thought, free speech,
pure morals, unfettered religious sentiments, and equal rights
and privileges for all men, irrespective of nationality, color, or religion;.
... leave the matter of religious teaching to the family altar, the church,
and the private school, supported entirely by private contribution.
Keep church and state forever separate.”

“Encourage free schools and resolve that not one dollar appropriated
for their support shall be appropriated to the support of any sectarian
schools. Resolve that neither the state nor nation, nor both combined,
shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford
every child growing up in the land of opportunity of a good common
school education, unmixed with sectarian, pagan, or atheistical dogmas.
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church and the
private school supported entirely by private contributions.
Keep the church and state forever separate.”

“Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately,
you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.”

He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.
~ Proverbs 18:9


“Whatever there is of greatness in the United States, or indeed
in any other country, is due to labor. The laborer is the author
of all greatness and wealth. Without labor there would be
no government, no leading class, and nothing to preserve.”

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work
or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave ... ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10


“In 1850, I believe, the church property in the United States,
which paid no tax, amounted to $87 million. In 1900, without a check,
it is safe to say, this property will reach a sum exceeding $3 billion.
I would suggest the taxation of all property equally, whether church
or corporation, exempting only the last resting place of the dead
and possibly, with proper restrictions, church edifices.”

“My failures have been errors in judgment, not of intent.”



19. Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)

“Every age has its temptations, its weaknesses, its dangers.
Ours is in the line of the snobbish and the sordid.”

“Free government cannot long endure if property is largely
in a few hands, and large masses of people are unable
to earn homes, education, and a support in old age.”

“Crimes increase as education, opportunity, and property decrease.
Whatever spreads ignorance, poverty and, discontent causes crime.
... Criminals have their own responsibility, their own share of guilt,
but they are merely the hand.... Whoever interferes with equal
rights and equal opportunities is in some real degree,
responsible for the crimes committed in the community.”

Ignoring social inequalities increases public ills
     EQUAL RIGHTS  ⭣  ⭡ CRIMES
OPPORTUNITY  ⭣  ⭡ DISCONTENT       
PROPERTY  ⭣ ⭡  POVERTY
EDUCATION  ⭣ ⭡  IGNORANCE  

“Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty. As millionaires increase,
pauperism grows. The more millionaires, the more paupers.”

“Shall the railroads govern the country, or shall the people govern
the railroads? Shall the interest of railroad kings be chiefly regarded,
or shall the interest of the people be paramount?”

“Wars will remain while human nature remains.
I believe in my soul in cooperation, in arbitration; but the soldier's
occupation we cannot say is gone until human nature is gone.”

“Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office-seeking.
Men of good character and impulses are betrayed
by it into all sorts of meanness.”

A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like
a murky spring and a polluted well. ~ Proverbs 25:26


“These semi-traitors [Union generals who were not hostile to slavery]
must be watched. -- Let us be careful who become army leaders in the
reorganized army at the end of this Rebellion. The man who thinks
that the perpetuity of slavery is essential to the existence of
the Union, is unfit to be trusted. The deadliest enemy
the Union has is slavery -- in fact, its only enemy.”

“It is now true that this is God's Country, if equal rights - a fair start
and an equal chance in the race of life are everywhere secured to all.”

“Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you.”

... but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to
every man's conscience in the sight of God. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:2


“We all agree that neither the Government nor political parties
ought to interfere with religious sects. It is equally true that
religious sects ought not to interfere with the Government or with
political parties. We believe that the cause of good government
and the cause of religion suffer by all such interference.”

“The religion of the Bible is the best in the world. I see the infinite
value of religion. Let it be always encouraged. A world of superstition
and folly have grown up around its forms and ceremonies. But the
truth in it is one of the deep sentiments in human nature.”

“I hope you will be benefitted by your churchgoing. Where the habit
does not Christianize, it generally civilizes. That is reason enough
for supporting churches, if there were no higher.”

“Have been reading "Genesis" several Sundays, not as a Christian
reads for "spiritual consolation," "instruction," etc., not as an infidel
reads to carp and quarrel and criticize, but as one who wishes to be
informed and furnished in the earliest and most wonderful of all literary
productions. The literature of the Bible should be studied as one studies
Shakespeare, for illustration and language, for its true pictures
of man and woman nature, for its early historical record.”

“The gloomy theology of the orthodox -- the Calvinists -- I do not,
I cannot believe. Many of the notions -- nay, most of the notions --
which orthodox people have of the divinity of the Bible, I disbelieve.
I am so nearly infidel in all my views, that too, in spite of my wishes,
that none but the most liberal doctrines can command my assent.”

“The best religion the world has ever known is the
religion of the Bible. It builds up all that is good.”

“Partisanship should be kept out of the pulpit.... The blindest of partisans
are preachers. All politicians expect and find more candor, fairness, and
truth in politicians than in partisan preachers. They are not replied to
-- no chance to reply to them.... The balance wheel of free institutions
is free discussion. The pulpit allows no free discussion.”

“As friends go it is less important to live.”

Better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For
that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:2


There is a great deal of strength in Garfield's life and struggles as a self-
made man.... From poverty and obscurity, by labor at all avocations, he
became a great scholar, a statesman, a major general, a Senator, a
Presidential candidate.... The truth is, no man ever started so low that
accomplished so much in all our history. Not Franklin or Lincoln even.”


In times of troubles all hearts are challenged. Despair or inspiration?
Creativity has always had a crazy twist plowing originality; who
can claim to know what is normal other than what is simplest?
All that is complex rises past most, and His omnipotent ways
reduce all to foolishness. Salt has its everlasting flavor for the
wise that understand simple eternal truths. What rises to heaven
is not contained in the mere substance that rots upon the earth.

Freedom is a state of spirit where man can do nothing but
watch those embracing thankful emancipation, peace beyond
understanding. The depth of peace dwells in the tower of
thankfulness, the key to eternity. Truth, this world is passing away,
moment to moment, and to attach to it can have condemning
consequences. Where your treasure is defines a cherished
sanctuary rising, or a dismal abyss descending. Loveless souls
quagmire into the lowest of selfish evils. The narrow path delivers
the prize Christ offers in His love, and our return to it. The natural
man cannot perceive those things spiritually discerned; where the
liberty we grasp elevates all who see. The psychic heart is higher
than the dying material as a tiny grain of dust is to a galaxy’s
expansion. Time itself is the gate we wait to pass through. Don’t
miss the key that opens this door to eternal rewards where darkness
has no place. The world is not our judge. In His light we see.


Plunging into the depths is a heart’s bottom
The Bible is the anchor and guide of true civilization
Contrast lies amid cautious loyal & ignorant fanatics
Free thought & religious duty builds our nation
Let public education remain free of all bias
Labor is the cement that builds a nations security
Religious bodies should not remain tax exempt
Free government cannot exist under wealthy tyranny
Crime avalanches where education suffers
When rich dominate the poor, injustice screams out
Natural human nature is selfishness promoting evils
Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you
Cause of government & religion is best served apart
Bible exclusively expresses the infinite values of God

The crushed cry over the steps of tyranny.

Darkness is in command of all that is empty




 

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