Great Quotes

“But observe, that if your cause is just, if your principles are pure, and if your conduct is prudent, you need not fear the multitude of opposing hosts.”

—John Witherspoon

Scottish-born preacher John Witherspoon, a staunch Presbyterian, accepted the post of president and professor at Princeton in 1768. At the age of 45 he set about changing Princeton from a fledging college into a place of high academics by incorporating Scottish ideas and principles. Part of the student body included James Madison and Aaron Burr, among others. He supported independence from England and was a member of the Continental Congress. His writings and sermons were influential, but many of his papers and notes were lost when Nassau Hall was damaged in 1776. Still, his words are worth considering and using today. Notice that he doesn’t say that opposition will vanish if you are in the right, but that you should act with courage despite it.


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