William Jennings Bryan

A belief in God is fundamental; upon it rest the influences that control life.

Agnosticism is the natural attitude of the evolutionist. How can a brute mind comprehend spiritual things?

An orator is a man who says what he thinks and feels what he says.

Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.

Atheists have just as much civil right to teach atheism as Christians have to teach Christianity; agnostics have just as much right to teach agnosticism as Christians have to teach their religion.

Belief in God is almost universal and the effect of this belief is so vast that one is appalled at the thought of what social conditions would be if reverence for God were erased from every heart.

Darwin begins by assuming life upon the earth; the Bible reveals the source of life and chronicles its creation.

Eloquence may be defined as the speech of one who knows what he is talking about and means what he says—it is thought on fire.

Evolution is not truth; it is merely a hypothesis—it is millions of guesses strung together.

Greed is at the bottom of most of the wrong-doing with which government has to deal.

If it be true, as I believe it is, that morality is dependent upon religion, then religion is not only the most practical thing in the world, but the first essential.

If there is no God there is no hereafter. When, therefore, one drives God out of the universe he closes the door of hope upon himself.

If we desire rules to govern our spiritual development we turn back to the Sermon on the Mount.

If you want criticisms, read the dissenting opinions of the Court. That will give you criticisms.

Love makes money-grabbing seem contemptible; love makes class prejudice impossible; love makes selfish ambition a thing to be despised; love converts enemies into friends.

Most of the temptations that come to us to sell the soul come in connection with the getting of money.

No greater victory can be won by citizens or soldiers than to transform temporary foes into permanent friends.

Only those who believe attempt the seemingly impossible.

Patriotism is a mystery—intangible, invisible, and yet eternal.

Selfish interest is one of the most common obstructions to the advance of truth.

Success is brought by continued labor and continued watchfulness. We must struggle on, not for one moment hesitate, nor take one backward step.

The essence of patriotism lies in a willingness to sacrifice for one's country, just as true greatness finds expression, not in blessings enjoyed, but in good bestowed.

The great political questions are in their final analysis great moral questions.

The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of Error.

The Old Testament gave us the law; the New Testament reveals the love upon which the law rests.

This nation is able to legislate for its own people on every question, without waiting for the aid or consent of any other nation on earth.

The wisdom of the Bible writers is more than human; the prophecies proclaim a Supreme Ruler who, though inhabiting all space, deigns to speak through the hearts and minds and tongues of His children.

Wars are sometimes waged to extend trade—the blood of many being shed to enrich a few.

We have our thoughts, our hopes, our fears, and yet we know that in a moment a change may come over any one of us that will convert a living, breathing human being into a mass of lifeless clay.

When I find a man who is not willing to pay his share of the burden of the government which protects him, I find a man who is unworthy to enjoy the blessings of a government like ours.

When we advocate a thing which we believe will be successful we are not compelled to raise a doubt as to our own sincerity by trying to show what we will do if we are wrong.

Whenever one refuses to admit such a self-evident truth, for instance, as that it is wrong to steal, don't argue with him—search him; the reason may be found in his pocket.

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