Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Benjamin Rush
- If we were to remove the Bible from public schools we would be wasting so much time punishing crimes and taking so little pains to prevent them.
- It would seem from this fact, that man is naturally a wild animal, and that when taken from the woods, he is never happy in his natural state, ’till he returns to them again.
- The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effective means of limiting Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools.
- Let the children…be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education.
- 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.
- Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights.
- Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.
- The Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world.
- I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as satisfied that it is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament.
- 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 (1746–1813) was a prominent American physician, humanitarian, and Founding Father of the United States. He played a significant role in the country’s early years, contributing to various fields beyond medicine.
Rush was a key advocate for the abolition of slavery and an early proponent of women’s education. He signed the Declaration of Independence, making him one of the signatories known as the “Founding Fathers.” His influence extended beyond politics and into the field of medicine, where he became a pioneer in mental health treatment. Rush was one of the first to describe and differentiate mental illness as a distinct condition rather than a result of demonic possession, as was often believed at the time.
He served as a professor of medical theory and clinical practice, promoting humane treatment for the mentally ill. Rush’s contributions to medicine included the invention of the tranquilizer chair, a device designed to calm patients experiencing mental distress.
His legacy lives on through his commitment to medical advancements, advocacy for social reforms, and his significant role in the establishment of the United States. Benjamin Rush remains a respected figure in American history for his multifaceted contributions to both medicine and society.
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