Quotes and Realities
- Eternal Wisdom And Principles In Government
"I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power. By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.1 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full. 'The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began....' "
1 Many Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts and nobles - all righteous rulers
- Proverbs 8:12-23 (NIV)
- John Quincy Adams
"[T]he Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth.... [and] laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity."
- John Quincy Adams: Diplomat, Attorney; son of John and Abigail Adams; U.S. foreign ambassador under President George Washington to the Netherlands and Portugal, under President John Adams to Prussia, under President James Madison to Russia and England, member of Massachusetts legislature, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State under President James Monroe, sixth President of the United States, member of U.S. House of Representatives, member of Massachusetts Bible Society, Vice-President and member of the American Bible Society, gained reputation for his intense opposition to slavery.
Quoted from: Barton, David, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution, and Religion (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 2010), 170: originally quoted from Adams, John Quincy, An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport at Their Request on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4 1837 (Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1837), 5-6.
Have you ever read the Constitution and wondered “what were the Founders intentions behind this or that phrase?” The US Constitution in the Resources section contains online references to the Federalist Papers – an early work by three founding fathers on the intention of each section of the US Constitution. But, if you are looking for something more lively, you could turn to the records of the continental congress link in the Resources section, under Congressional Records, or Elliot's or Farrand's records of the debates, or read about the intentions in the more personalized correspondence, writings and letters of the founders.