“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in. That every man may receive at least a moderate education, and thereby be enabled to read the histories of his own and other countries, by which he may duly appreciate the value of our free institutions, appears to be an object of vital importance, even on this account alone, to say nothing of the advantages and satisfaction to be derived from all being able to read the Scriptures, and other works both of a religious and moral nature, for themselves.”

Abraham Lincoln (Sixteenth President of the United States)


“And I say that Your Highnesses ought not to consent that any foreigner does business or sets foot here, except Christian Catholics since this was the end and the beginning of the enterprise, that it should be for the enhancement and glory of the Christian religion, nor should anyone who is not a good Christian come to these parts.”

Christopher Columbus


‘Of this voyage, I observe,’ says the Admiral, ‘that it has miraculously been shown, as may be understood by this writing, by the many signal miracles that He has shown on the voyage, and for me, who for so great a time was in the court of Your Highnesses with the opposition and against the opinion of so many high personages of your household, who were all against me, alleging this undertaking to be folly, which I hope in Our Lord will be to the greater glory of Christianity, which to some slight extent already has happened.’

Christopher Columbus


“A true test of a man’s character is not what he does in the light, but what he does in the dark.”

“Only you can damage your character.”

“Men of genius are admired; men of wealth are envied; men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.”

“The measure of a man’s character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.”

“Character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next.”

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

Author’s unknown

Joseph Story (Government)

“It is impossible for those, who believe in the truth of Christianity, as a divine revelation, to doubt, that it is the especial duty of government to foster, and encourage it among all the citizens and subjects. This is a point wholly distinct from that of the right of private judgment in matters of religion, and of the freedom of public worship according to the dictates of one’s conscience.”

Joseph Story (Supreme Court Justice 1811-1845)

This quote was taken out of his “Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States” , year 1833

Oliver Ellsworth (Government)

“The primary objectives, of government, are the peace, order and prosperity of society… To the promotion of these objects, particularly in a republican government, good morals are essential. Institutions for the promotion of good morals are, therefore, objects of legislative provision and support: and among these…religious institutions are eminently useful and important…The legislature, charged with the great interests of the community may, and ought to countenance, aid and protect religious institutions – institutions wisely calculated to direct men to the performance of all the duties arising from their connection with each other, and to prevent or repress those evils which flow from unrestrained passion…The legislature may aid the maintenance of Christianity, whose benign influence on morals is universally acknowledged. It may be added that this principle has long been recognized, and is too intimately connected with the peace, order and happiness of the state to be abandoned.”

Oliver Ellsworth (Founding Father/Third Chief Justice of the United States)