155 Church And State Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of church and state quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about founders.

Top 10 Church And State Quotes (BEST)

  1. Without God, there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience... without God, there is a coarsening of the society; without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. — Ronald Reagan
  2. A man of abilities and character, of any sect whatever, may be admitted to any office of public trust under the United States. — Edmund Randolph
  3. Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state. — James K. Polk
  4. The government of the United States of America has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims. — John Adams
  5. Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties. — James Monroe
  6. Religious and racial persecution is moronic at all times, perhaps the most idiotic of human stupidities. — Harry S. Truman
  7. Lighthouses are more helpful than churches. — Benjamin Franklin
  8. Church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact - religion and politics should not be mingled. — Millard Fillmore
  9. What has been the effect of [religious] coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth. — Thomas Jefferson
  10. The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries. — James Madison

Short Church And State Quotes

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  • I believe in the separation of church and planet. — Eric Idle
  • Lord, there's danger in this land, you get witch hunts and wars when church and state hold hands. — Joni Mitchell
  • The Bible: a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalise mankind. — Thomas Paine
  • It doesn't say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state. — Sean Hannity
  • Question with boldness even the existence of a god. — Thomas Jefferson
  • Mystery is made a convenient Cover for absurdity. — John Adams
  • Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion. — John Adams
  • The election of John F Kennedy will lead to the death of a free church and a free state. — W. A. Criswell
  • Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law. — Thomas Jefferson
  • If nowhere else, in the relation between Church and State, "good fences make good neighbors." — Felix Frankfurter
Church and state quote Defeat is a state of mind: no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepte
Defeat is a state of mind: no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.

Founding Fathers Quotes

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If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking. — Benjamin Franklin

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The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government. — Edward Abbey

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. — Benjamin Franklin

Church and state quote Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankfu
Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as smooth sailing.

When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil. — Thomas Jefferson

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry. — Unknown Author

Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He's sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped. — Charles Stanley

Church and state quote Paradise is not a place, its a state of mind.
Paradise is not a place, its a state of mind.

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. — Thomas Jefferson

A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother. — Benjamin Franklin

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. — Thomas Jefferson

Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God's help, it will continue to be. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Founders Quotes

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If exposure of body is modernism, then animals are more modern than humans. — Zakir Naik

Remember, success is a journey not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine. — Bruce Lee

It is in the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born and God's greatest gifts are given. — Wintley Phipps

Church and state quote Defeat is a state of mind! No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepte
Defeat is a state of mind! No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality.

Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice. — John Adams

It can not be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! — Unknown Author

There is no limit to beauty, no saturation point in design, no end to the material. — Salvatore Ferragamo

Church and state quote All oppression creates a state of war.
All oppression creates a state of war.

Lose everything, even the attachment to holiness, so that you aim only at one thing: to love — Chiara Lubich

Failure is success if we learn from it. — Malcolm Forbes

Some people get rich studying artificial intelligence. Me, I make money studying natural stupidity. — Carl Icahn

The degree of your anger over correction equals the measure of your pride. — John Paul Jackson

Church And State Saying Quotes

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The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free - which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state. — Alan Barth

I always say that no matter what the torture is, or the tool is, first of all it's nothing worse than what's been done already and that wasn't done by the church and the state for over a period of 250 years during the European witch trials. — Eli Roth

The current version of... separation of church and state says you can be salt, and you can be light, but only inside the four walls of the church. — David Barton

Church and state quote Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

May it not suffice for me to say ... that of course like every other man of intelligence and education I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised. — Woodrow Wilson

US is a very religious country. Separation of church and state is part of our credo, but that it is hard to understand since our money says "In God we trust" and every President says "God bless America". — Madeleine Albright

When cerebral processes enter into sports, you start screwing up. It's like the Constitution, which says separate church and state. You have to separate mind and body. — Bill Lee

Church and state quote The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.

I believe in the separation of church and state. The government has the right to say what happens in a civil case, like in a court house. And religious people have a right to say what happens in a church congregation. They are two completely separate things. — Jimmy Carter

Politics is noble; it is one of the highest forms of charity, as Paul VI used to say. We sully it when we mix it with business. The relationship between the Church and political power can also be corrupted if common good is not the only converging point. — Pope Francis

I am surprised you shd. say fancy and aesthetic tastes have led me to my present state of mind: these wd. be better satisfied in the Church of England, for bad taste is always meeting one in the accessories of Catholicism. — Gerard Manley Hopkins

I think there is a puritanical wind that is blowing. I have never seen such a lack of separation between church and state in America, I don’t believe in God, but if I did I would say that sex is a Godgiven right. Otherwise it’s the end of our species. — Kevin Bacon

Church Sign Quotes

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We thought the church had withdrawn from interfering in Italian politics... but instead there is a terrible resurgence. These are ugly signs for freedom of expression. — Dario Fo

Each holy temple stands as a symbol of our membership in the Church, as a sign of our faith in life after death, and as a sacred step toward eternal glory for us and our families. — Russell M. Nelson

A lot of the time when I go to church, people want to take pictures. They want you to sign autographs. So I don't go all the time. I go once in a blue moon. Every once in a blue moon. — Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Church and state quote Wealth breeds a class of people for whom human beings are disposable commodities
Wealth breeds a class of people for whom human beings are disposable commodities. Once oligarchs achieve unchecked economic and political power, as they have in the United States, the citizens too become disposable.

When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, 'tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one. — Benjamin Franklin

For faithful Catholics, communion is not just a nice ritual: It is the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and the ultimate sign of our willingness to be incorporated into the church. — Maggie Gallagher

You don't serve God by saying: the Church is ineffective, I'll have none of it. Your pain at its lack of effectiveness is a sign of your nearness to God. We help overcome this lack of effectiveness simply by suffering on account of it. — Flannery O'Connor

Church and state quote Christmas children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.
Christmas children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.

I don't belong to any club or group. I don't fish, cook, dance, endorse books, sign books, co-sign declarations, eat oysters, get drunk, go to church, go to analysts, or take part in demonstrations. — Vladimir Nabokov

If you're a print shop and you are a gay man, should you be forced to print 'God Hates Fags' for the Westboro Baptist Church because they hold those signs up? Should the government - and this is really the case here - should the government force you to do that? — Rick Santorum

Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us. — Unknown

The time to talk about it [genetic engineering to improve a baby's genes] in schools and churches and magazines and debate societies is now. If you wait, five years from now the gene doctor will be hanging out the MAKE A SMARTER BABY sign down the street. — Arthur Caplan

Separation Between Church And State Quotes

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Those who live by mystery & charlatanerie, fearing you would render them useless by simplifying the Christian philosophy - the most sublime and benevolent, but most perverted system that ever shone on man - endeavored to crush your well-earned & well-deserved fame. — Thomas Jefferson

The 'wall of separation between church and state' is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned. — William Rehnquist

[Disestablishment was] the best thing that ever happened to the state of Connecticut. It cut the churches loose from dependence on state support. It threw them wholly on their own resources and on God. — Lyman Beecher

Church and state quote We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.

... happily the Government of the United States... gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance. — George Washington

I never liked the Hierarchy of the Church-an equality in the teacher of Religion, and a dependence on the people, are republican sentiments-but if the Clergy combine, they will have their influence on Government — Rufus King

Erecting the 'wall of separation between church and state'... is absolutely essential in a free society. — Thomas Jefferson

Church and state quote A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

Here we now have the freedom of all religions, and I hope that never again will we have a repetition of religious bigotry, as we have had in certain periods of our own history. There is no room for that kind of foolishness here. — Harry S. Truman

No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever. — Thomas Jefferson

We establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate. — Ronald Reagan

The mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. — Thomas Jefferson

Separation Of Church And State Quotes

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I am a conservative Republican, but I believe in democracy and the separation of church and state. The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please as long as they don't hurt anyone else in the process. — Barry Goldwater

An enforced uniformity of religion throughout a nation or civil state, confounds the civil and religious, denies the principles of Christianity and civility, and that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. — Roger Williams

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. — Thomas Jefferson

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate. — Ulysses S. Grant

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. — James Madison

...It would be more consistent that we call [the Bible] the work of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind. — Thomas Paine

Christmas: It's the only religious holiday that's also a federal holiday. That way, Christians can go to their services, and everyone else can sit at home and reflect on the true meaning of the separation of church and state. — Samantha Bee

I am tolerant of all creeds. Yet if any sect suffered itself to be used for political objects I would meet it by political opposition. In my view church and state should be separate, not only in form, but fact. Religion and politics should not be mingled. — Millard Fillmore

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. — Thomas Jefferson

Whatever one's religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts - including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state. — John F. Kennedy

Religion And Government Quotes

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The civil rights of none, shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed. — James Madison

To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas. — Brock Chisholm

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made for a moral and religious people... it is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. — John Quincy Adams

Religions are illogical primitive ignorance. There is nothing as ridiculous and tragic as a religious government. — Leon Trotsky

Religion and faith are very personal matters. So far as the government is concerned, there is only one holy book, which is the Constitution of India. — Narendra Modi

Indians today are governed by two different ideologies. Their political ideal set in the preamble of the Constitution affirms a life of liberty, equality and fraternity. Their social ideal embodied in their religion denies them. — B. R. Babasaheb Ambedkar

The only foundation for . . . a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. — Benjamin Rush

No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people. — Noah Webster

I am opposed to any form of tyranny over the mind of man. — Thomas Jefferson

Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history. — James Madison

Religion And Politics Quotes

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All talk on Islamic States is just an empty dream. No man in his right sense would accept a nation which bases its political administration on religion, and in a country like Malaysia with its multiracial and multireligious people, there is no room for an Islamic State. — Tunku Abdul Rahman

The Church must take right ground in regard to politics... Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to the country as part of their duty to God... God will bless or curse this nation, according to the course Christians take in politics. — Charles Grandison Finney

In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell. — William Booth

The tendency of liberals is to create bodies of men and women-of all classes-detached from tradition, alienated from religion, and susceptible to mass suggestion-mob rule. And a mob will be no less a mob if it is well fed, well clothed, well housed, and well disciplined. — T. S. Eliot

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness. — Anthony De Mello

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A cult is a religion with no political power. — Tom Wolfe

Skip the religion and politics, head straight to the compassion. Everything else is a distraction. — Talib Kweli

I don't want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it. — Billy Graham

Religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values. — Reinhold Niebuhr

In art, religion, and politics the respect must be mutual, no matter how violent the disagreement. — Vincent Price

Christianity And Government Quotes

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I don't give a damn what queers do, and don't give a damn what Christians do. Just get the hell out of my way because I want to live my life and I don't want the government sucking 60% of my wages off my ass. — Alex Jones

For years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone? — Anne Graham Lotz

The mark of a life governed by the Holy Spirit is that such a life is continually and ever more and more occupied with Christ, that Christ becomes greater and greater as time goes on. — Theodore Austin-Sparks

Religion is the only solid Base of morals and that Morals are the only possible Support of free governments. — Gouverneur Morris

And my Christianity, first and foremost, governed the way that I tried to deal with people. — Mike Pence

Christian families are under attack in America! The Communists, Masons, Atheists, Humanists, Evolutionists, and other Godless sickos want to destroy the family. Parents beware; the government wants your child! — Lester Roloff

The only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government is the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible. — Benjamin Rush

Yes, religion and politics do mix. America is a nation based on biblical principles. Christian values dominate our government. The test of those values is the Bible. Politicians who do not use the bible to guide their public and private lives do not belong in office. — Beverly LaHaye

I can't tell Black people to fight a war that is Israel's war. What kind of leader will you be, or should I be, to allow these babies Black, white and brown, to fight Israel's war, because Zionists dominate the government of the United States of America and her banking system. — Louis Farrakhan

I have sworn upon the altar of god. — Thomas Jefferson

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More Church And State Quotes

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The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is no relationship here between Church and State. Religious liberty has its unalterable place, along with civil and human liberty, in the very foundation of the Republic. I hold it [religious intolerance] to be a menace to the very liberties which we boast and cherish. — Warren G. Harding

The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community. — James A. Garfield

We admit of no government by divine right, believing that so far as power is concerned the Beneficent Creator has made no distinction amongst men; that all are upon an equality, and that the only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed. — William Henry Harrison

I'm absolutely, utterly, and completely certain that God wouldn't be homophobic. I'd much rather go to hell - I really would much rather go to hell - than go to a homophobic heaven. — Desmond Tutu

By maintaining the separation of church and state, the United States has avoided the intolerance which has so divided the rest of the world with religious wars. — Barry Goldwater

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. — George Carlin

Can any of us refute the wisdom of Madison and the other framers? Can anyone look at the carnage in Iran, the bloodshed in Northern Ireland or the bombs bursting in Lebanon and yet question the dangers of injecting religious issues into the affairs of state? — Barry Goldwater

The separation of state and church must be complemented by the separation of state and science, that most recent, most aggressive, and most dogmatic religious institution. — Paul Feyerabend

Both church and state claiming to be of divine origin have assumed divine right of man over woman; while church and state have thought for man, man has assumed the right to think for woman. — Matilda Joslyn Gage

To put it in a few words, the true malice of man appears only in the state and in the church, as institutions of gathering together, of recapitulation, of totalization. — Paul Ricoeur

Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God — Thomas Jefferson

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