Friday, March 12, 2010

Why America is great

I taught a lesson last Sunday and in my preparations I found this story and quote, it is fabulous. I didn't have time to use it in my lesson so I figured I would share it here. I found it in the book titled Righteous Warriors by John Bytheway.

In the late 1800s, a French philosopher named Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States, looking for what made America great. What he finally discovered and credited for America's greatness is my favorite part of the following quote, which is attributed to him:

"I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors . . . ; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning . . . Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."

I love that quote. Why can't I express myself so eloquently as others? I really do have a problem with that. I wish I could make the feelings in my heart and mind turn into words. America is great and I pray we remain great.


mom said...

Wonderful quote,,,and yeah, I have trouble expressing myself also,,,,, especially writing it down,,,, thats why my posts here are always so short.
I can't find the right words to say what I really want to.

Krista said...

That is an awesome quote. Thank you for sharing!


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