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A collection of notable quotations from a variety of Early Modern Era individuals. See the Guide for more details.
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In my judgment it is not only ripe for the measure, but in danger of becoming rotten for the want of it.
— (attributed), debate over the Declaration, July, 1776
— John Witherspoon
It is only the fear of God, can deliver us from the fear of man.
— From his sermon "Ministerial Character and Duty"
— John Witherspoon
Mistake me not, my brethren: I am not speaking against learning in itself; it is a precious gift of God, and may be happily improved in the service of the gospel; but I will venture to say, in the spirit of the apostle Paul's writings in general, and of this passage in particular, Accursed be all that learning which sets itself in opposition to the cross of Christ! Accursed be all that learning which disguises or is ashamed of the cross of Christ! Accursed be all that learning which fills the room that is due to the cross of Christ! and once more, Accursed be all that learning which is not made subservient to the honour and glory of the cross of Christ!
— From the sermon "Glorying in the Cross", published in 1768
— John Witherspoon
Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction. A good form of government may hold the rotten materials together for some time, but beyond a certain pitch, even the best constitution will be ineffectual, and slavery must ensue.
— The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776
— John Witherspoon
The knowledge of God and his truths have from the beginning of the world been chiefly, if not entirely confined to those parts of the earth where some degree of liberty and political justice were to be seen, and great were the difficulties with which they had to struggle, from the imperfection of human society, and the unjust decisions of usurped authority.
— The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men - May, 1776
— John Witherspoon
There is not a single instance in history in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved entire. If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.
— The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men, 1776
— John Witherspoon
You are all my witnesses, that this is the first time of my introducing any political subject into the pulpit. At this season, however, it is not only lawful but necessary, and I willingly embrace the opportunity of declaring my opinion without any hesitation, that the cause in which America is now in arms, is the cause of justice, of liberty, and of human nature.
— The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men - May 1776
— John Witherspoon

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