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The Bible - Quotes from Famous Men

Napoleon, Emperor of the French (1804-1814), 1769-1821

“The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book, surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure.”

Pascal, French philosopher and mathematician, developed the modern theory of probability, 1623-1662

“I prefer to believe those writers who get their throats cut for what they write.”

Isaac Newton, English mathematician and scientist, 1642-1727

“We account the scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatsoever.”

Voltaire, French infidel, died 1778

- said that within 100 years of his time, Christianity would be swept away from existence and pass into the obscurity of history.

-Yet 50 years after his death, the Geneva Bible Society used his house and printing press to produce stacks of Bibles.

Robert Dick Wilson, fluent in more than 45 languages and dialects

Concluded after a lifetime study of the Old Testament:

“I may add that the result of my 45 years of study of the Bible has led me all the time to a firmer faith that in the Old Testament, we have a true historical account of the history of the Israelite people.”

The Cambridge History of the Bible

“No other book has known anything approaching this constant circulation.”

Pope Pius X, 1903

On p. 763 Revision of the Challoner, Rheims version, edited by R. C. Scholars:

“The more we read the gospel, the stronger our faith becomes.”

St. Jerome, Roman Catholic church father

“Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Sir Ambrose Flemming, British electrical engineer and inventor, 1849-1945

“We must not build on the sands of an uncertain and everchanging science…but upon the rock of inspired Scriptures.”

Jean Jacques Rousseau, French skeptic

“Jewish authors would never have invented either that style nor that morality; and the Gospel has marks of truth so great, so striking, so utterly inimitable, that the invention of it would be more astonishing than the hero.”

Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary leader and orator, 1736-1799

“There is a book worth all other books which were ever printed.”

President Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States

“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.”

President George Washington, First President of the United States

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”

Immanuel Kant, German idealist philosopher, 1724-1804

“I believe that the existence of the Bible is the greatest benefit to the human race. Any attempt to belittle it, I believe, is a crime against humanity.”

Robert E. Lee, Civil War General who fought for the Southern Confederacy:

“In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.”

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, 1809-1865

“I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God’s word because it finds me where I am.”

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book.”

Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, 1856-1924

“When you have read the Bible, you know it is the word of God, because it is the key to your heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.”

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, 1858-1919

“A thorough understanding of the Bible is better than a college education.”


- There are 32,000 citations of the N.T. in the writings of the Church fathers written prior to the Council of Nice (A.D. 325).

Daniel Webster, American politician and noted orator, 1782-1852

“I believe that the Bible is to be understood and received in the plain and obvious meaning of its passages; for I cannot persuade myself that a book intended for the instruction and conversion of the whole world should cover its true meaning in any such mystery and doubt that none but critics and philosophers can discover it.”

“Education is useless without the Bible.”

Sir David Dabrymple

States that the degree of corruption of following texts is:

New Testament . . . . . . . . . . . - 0.5%
Iliad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . - 5.0%
Mahabharata. . . . . . . . . . . . . - 10.0%

Professor M. Montiero-Williams, former Boden prof. Of Sanskrit who spent 42 years studying Eastern books

Said comparing them with the Bible:

“Pile them, if you will, on the left side of your study table; but place your own Holy Bible on the right side–all by itself, all alone–and with a wide gap between them. For…there is a gulf between it and the so-called sacred books of the East which severs the one from the other utterly hopelessly, and a forever…a veritable gulf which cannot be bridged over by any science of religious thought.”

John Wesley, British religious leader who founded Methodism, 1703-1791

“This book had to be written by one of three people: good men, bad men or God. It couldn’t have been written by good men because they said it was inspired by the revelation of God. Good men don’t lie and deceive. It couldn’t have been written by bad men because bad men would not write something that would condemn themselves. It leaves only one conclusion. It was given by divine inspiration of God.”

Werner Keller

“In view of the overwhelming mass of authentic and well-attested evidence now available, as I thought of the skeptical criticism which from the eighteenth century onward would fain have demolished the Bible altogether, there kept hammering in my brain this one sentence: The Bible is right after all.”

Pope Benedict XV, Pope from 1914-1922, who led the Roman Catholic Church through World War I, 1854-1922

In Introduction of the Roman Catholic Bible translated from Latin Vulgate:

“The responsibility of our apostolic office impels us to…promote the study of Holy Scripture in accordance with the teaching of our predecessors, Leo XIII and Pius X…We shall…never desist from urging the faithful to read daily the gospels, the Acts and the Epistles so as to gather hence food for their souls…ignorance of the Bible means ignorance of Christ.”

“In her belief in the divine authority and the perfect truth of the Bible as being the inspired word of God, the Catholic church has never hesitated, neither has she overlooked the fact that this message must lie sealed and silent to many of her children unless given them in her own language.”

John Lea

From the Greatest Book in the World:

“It seems strange that the text of Shakespeare which has been in existence less than 208 years should be far more uncertain and corrupt than that of the N.T., now over 18 centuries old, during nearly fifteen of which it existed only in manuscript…with perhaps a dozen or twenty exceptions, the text of every verse in the N.T., may be said to be so far settled by general consent of scholars, that any dispute to its readings must relate rather to interpretation of the words than to any doubts respecting the words themselves. But in every one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays there are probably a 100 headings still in dispute, a portion of which materially affect the meaning of the passages in which they occur.”

Bernard Ramm

“Jews preserved it as no other manuscript has ever been preserved. With their massora they kept tabs on every letter, syllable, word and paragraph. They had special classes of men within their culture whose sole duty was to preserve and transmit these documents with practically perfect fidelity–scribes, lawyers, massorettes.”

“In regard to the New Testament, there are about 13,000 manuscripts, complete and incomplete, in Greek and other languages, that have survived from antiquity.”

“A thousand times over, the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed, the inscription cut on the tombstone, and committal read. But somehow the corpse never stays put.”

“No other book has been so chopped, knifed, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subject to such a mass attack as the Bible? With such venom and skepticism? With such thoroughness and erudition? Upon every chapter, line and tenet?”

“ The Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and studied by millions.”

Horace Greeley, Editor and Politician

“It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people.  The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”

Dr. Robert Milikan, former President of the California Inst. Of Tech. And Nobel Peace Prize winner

“I consider an intimate knowledge of the Bible an indispensable quality of a well educated man.”

William Foxwell Albright, American Archaeologist and educator known for his excavations of biblical sites, 1891-1971

“The Bible towers in content above all earlier religious literature; and it towers just as impressively over all subsequent literature in the direct simplicity of its message and the catholicity of its appeal to men of all lands and times.”

Prof. Edward Meyer, University of Berlin, one of the greatest living authorities on ancient history

Concerning the Bible said:

“…There is no ground at all for refusing to accept these oldest traditions as historically trustworthy in all essentials, and in their chronological ordering of history.”

Francis Bacon, English statesman and writer, 1597

Called the Bible:

“The book of God’s word.”

Malcolm Muggeridge, British broadcaster, 1903-1990

“People say that the Bible is a boring book…but they don’t say that about Shakespeare, because the people who teach Shakespeare are zealous for Shakespeare.”

Victor Hugo, French writer, 1802-1885

“England has two books; the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare, but the Bible made England.”

Goethe, German writer and scientist, 1749-1832

“I look upon all four Gospels as thoroughly genuine, for there shines forth from them the reflected splendor of a sublimity proceeding from Jesus Christ.”

Sir Frederic Kenyon, Director and principal librarian of the British museum, foremost expert on ancient manuscripts:

“The interval between the dates of original composition (of the N.T.) and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible and the foundation for any doubt that the Scriptures have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed; both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the N.T. may be regarded as firmly established.”

Jim McCotter

“All Scripture is God-breathed and He doesn’t waste His breath.”

Time Magazine

Reputable scholars now believe that the New Testament account is reliable history.”               


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