Christian Presidential Quotes: 22 Awesome Sayings

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Throughout history in the United States of America we have had many Christian Presidents. I love it when I hear a quote from one of them that reminds me about the foundation upon which this country was built. Here are just 22 quotes and awesome sayings from our Christian Presidents.

“We have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

About God’s Authority, Divinity & Providence

“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”  ~ George Washington

“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which heaven itself has ordained.”  ~ George Washington

“We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!”  ~ John Adams

“We have staked the whole future of American civilization not on the power of government, far from it. We have staked the whole of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the commandments of God. The future and success of America is not in this Constitution, but in the laws of God upon which this Constitution is founded.”  ~ James Madison

“Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe. And to the same Divine Author of every good and perfect gift we are indebted for all those privileges and advantages, religious as well as civil, which are so richly enjoyed in this favored land.”  ~ James Monroe

“Finally, it is my most fervent prayer to that Almighty Being before whom I now stand, and who has kept us in His hands from the infancy of our Republic unto the present day, that He will so overrule all my intentions and actions and inspire the hearts of my fellow-citizens that we may be preserved from dangers of all kinds and continue forever a united and happy people.”  ~ Andrew Jackson

“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” ~ Ronald Reagan

“The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.” ~ John F. Kennedy

“You can’t divorce religious belief and public service. . . I’ve never detected any conflict between God’s will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other.”  ~ James Earl Carter, Jr.

“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” ~ Ronald Reagan

“We asked for God’s help; and now, in this shining outcome, in this magnificent triumph of good over evil, we should thank God.”  ~ George H. W. Bush

“Each day millions of our citizens approach our Maker on bended knee, seeking His grace and giving thanks for the many blessings He bestows upon us.”  ~ George W Bush

About the Bible

“The Bible is the first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention.” ~ John Quincy Adam

“My custom is to read four or five chapters of the Bible every morning immediately after rising. It seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the day. It is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue.”  ~ John Quincy Adams

“I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”  ~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

“The study of the Bible is a post-graduate course in the richest library of human experience.” ~ Hebert Hoover

“Of the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible.”  ~ Ronald Reagan

About Christianity 

“I consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for public service.”  ~ John Adams

“The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.”  ~ Thomas Jefferson

“All must admit that the reception of the teachings of Christ results in the purest patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust, and in the best type of citizenship.”  ~ Grover Cleveland

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Derek Hill October 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

This was really good Pam. I had no idea about many of these quotes. It is nice to see republicans and democrats saying and believing the same thing. I fear it is not the same today and we need to pray that God will put the best man in the position this November. This was a blessing!


Pamela Rose Williams October 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Most amazing to see what Abraham Lincoln said all those years ago as my featured quote. Or how about what Solomon said: There is no new thing under the sun (Eccl 1:9). Right brother?


Jack Wellman October 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Wow…these are so awesome and truly reveal our Christian heritage Pam. I love the quote form Ronald Reagan who was among my favorites but Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington are also so much loved by me and we get to meet them someday in heaven. Nicely done Pam.


henry quaye October 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

Great,as a Ghanaian and indeed an African it challenges our leaders to know the indispensability of God in the governance of any group people. thanks so much.


Patricia Schneider January 6, 2013 at 5:18 am

Love these quotes from our past Presidents, Pamela! Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan are my favorites. Didn’t realize ex-
President George H. W. Bush quoted anything about God. Do you recall whose administration when God was taken out of our schools, courts, etc.?
I think this list should be sent to our present President, Barak Obama. Any idea HOW I could do that? Try as I might, I couldn’t connect to Obama’s government emails for some reason. His staff said Obama reads at least 2 letters a week and his staff compiles the emails. Obama already declared the Day of Prayer as an EVENT, to be done PRIVATELY, not PUBLICLY. AMERICA NEEDS TO GATHER TOGETHER TO PRAY TO GOD FOR GUIDANCE!!! AND THANKSGIVING.
Didn’t mean for this reply to get so long, but these quotes got my goat up regarding our beautiful country!
May your New Year, 2013, be filled with many blessings from Our Heavenly Father! Patty


Richard August 2, 2015 at 8:51 am


Where is this James Madison quote from? Before any man… I can’t find it anywhere.



cee walle May 7, 2016 at 10:07 am

“And remember, as it was written, to love another person is to see the face of God.”


Donna February 23, 2017 at 11:46 pm

I was informed by a Democratic friend the George Washington quote is not from him according to the Mount Vernon web site. WFCJ posted this quote on Facebook.
If the Mount Vernon web site is in correct let me know.
Thank you,


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