PATRICK HENRY QUOTES ON RELIGION

“The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His Apostles.”

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

“The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.”

“The liberties of a nation never were, nor ever will be, secure when the transactions of its rulers may be concealed from them.”

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

“Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.”

“The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.”

“Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom.”

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth… For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”

“There is but one course we can take: we must meet the enemy, or see our lives and the remnants of our property torn into shreds.”

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

“Religion, or the duty which we owe our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.”

“I am persuaded that a firm faith in the truth of religion is the foundation of all substantial virtue.”

“The total separation of religion from morality is fatal to the happiness of mankind.”

“Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore, education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.”

“It is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand.”

“Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of government.”

“Where there is no religion, there is no morality… law will be of little avail if the people are not taught to reflect and judge for themselves.”

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.”

“The great pillars of all government and of social life… are virtue, morality, and religion.”

“Religion and virtue are the only foundations, not only of liberty, but of all social order.”

“Religion is the grandeur and glory of a good citizen.”

“The foundation of a free government is pure virtue.”

“Religion is the basis and foundation of government.”

“I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.”

“There is no way to preserve liberty except by a general diffusion of knowledge among the people.”

“The Bible is a book worth more than all other books that were ever printed.”

“A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.”

“The Bible… is a book… teaching man his own individual responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow-man.”