In what light soever we regard the Bible, whether with reference to revelation, to history, or to morality, it is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue.
The public history of all countries, and all ages, is but a sort of mask, richly colored. The interior working of the machinery must be foul.
We understand now, we’ve been made to understand, and to embrace the understanding that who we are is who we were.
To a man of liberal education, the study of history is not only useful, and important, but altogether indispensable, and with regard to the history contained in the Bible …it is not so much praiseworthy to be acquainted with as it is shameful to be ignorant of it.
To live without having a Cicero and a Tacitus at hand seems to me as if it was aprivation of one of my limbs.
It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future.
It is no slight testimonial, both to the merit and worth of Christianity, that in all ages since its promulgation the great mass of those who have risen to eminence by their profound wisdom and integrity have recognized and reverenced Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of the living God.
My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ and I cannot cavil or quibble away… the whole tenor of His conduct by which He sometimes positively asserted and at others countenances His disciples in asserting that He was God.
So great is my veneration for the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year.
Whether to the nation or to the state, no service can be or ever will be rendered by a more able or a more faithful public servant.
The manners of women are the surest criterion by which to determine whether a republican government is practicable in a nation or not.
I have myself, for many years, made it a practice to read through the Bible once ever year…. My custom is, to read four to five chapters every morning immediately after rising from my bed. I employs about an hour of my time.