The first and almost the only book deserving universal attention is the Bible,the Bible is the book of all others, to be read at all ages, and in all conditions of human life. John Quincy Adams
(July 11, 1767 – February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of Representatives. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties.
The Bible contains more true sublimity, more exquisite beauty, more pure morality, more important history, and finer strains of poetry and eloquence than can be collected from all other books, in whatever age or language they may have been written. William James
Another person whom I had no idea who he was so, I did very little research and found the following:
William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who had trained as a physician. He was the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States.
He took up medical studies at Harvard Medical School in 1864. He took a break in the spring of 1865 to join naturalist Louis Agassiz on a scientific expedition up the Amazon River, but aborted his trip after eight months, as he suffered bouts of severe seasickness and mild smallpox. He finally earned his M.D. degree in June 1869, but never practiced medicine. James spent almost his entire academic career at Harvard as a teacher.
James interacted with a wide array of writers and scholars throughout his life, including his godfather Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, Horatio Alger, Jr., and Sigmund Freud.
So great is my veneration for the Bible that …the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectable members of society. I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year. John Quincy Adams
“The American nation from its first settlement at Jamestown to this hour is based upon and permeated by the principles of the Bible.” – Justice David Joseph Brewer, Supreme Court Justice, 1837 – 1910
“It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”
– Horace Greeley
“In what light so ever we regard the Bible, whether with reference to revelation, to history, or to morality, it is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue.”
– John Quincy Adams
“That book [Referring to the Bible], sir, is the rock on which our republic rests.”
– Andrew Jackson