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A collection of quotes and sayings by Benjamin Rush on yellow-fever, medical, freedom, books, health-care, writings, biography, society, liberty and constitution.

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Born On
04 January 1746 AD

Died On
19 April 1813 AD

Born In
Philadelphia

Founder / Co Founder
American psychiatry, Dickinson College

Died At Age
67

The Founding Father of the United States, Benjamin Rush was an illustrious civic leader from Philadelphia, where he was an educator, physician, founder of Dickinson College, politician, humanitarian, and a social reformer. He patronized the Continental Congress and initialized the Declaration of Independence. He served the Continental Army as its surgeon and also became a professor of medical theory, clinical practice and chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. He was an ardent supporter of American Revolution and an important part of the American Enlightenment. He played a pivotal role in a number of reforms especially in the areas of education and medicine. We bring to you a collection of thought-provoking sayings and quotes by Benjamin Rush, which have been collected from the vast sea of his writings, thoughts, findings, speeches, works, and life. 

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.

- A Memorial Containing Travels Through Life or Sundry Incidents in the Life of Dr Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Rush

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.

- Benjamin Rush

Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom.

- 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.

- Benjamin Rush

Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge. Without learning, men are incapable of knowing their rights.

- Benjamin Rush

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.

- Benjamin Rush

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.

- Benjamin Rush

Let the children...be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion. This is the most essential part of education.

- Benjamin Rush

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.

- Benjamin Rush

The Bible, when not read in schools, is seldom read in any subsequent period of life...The Bible...should be read in our schools in preference to all other books because it contains the greatest portion of that kind of knowledge which is calculated to produce private and public happiness.

- Benjamin Rush

Without Virtue there can be no liberty

- Benjamin Rush

The Bible contains more knowledge necessary to man in his present state than any other book in the world.

- Benjamin Rush

Some talked,some wrote, and some fought to promote and establish it, but you, Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson thought for us all

- Benjamin Rush

I have alternately been called an Aristocrat and a Democrat. I am neither. I am a Christocrat.

- Benjamin Rush

Temperate, sincere, and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them...

- Benjamin Rush

...This large and expensive stock of drugs will be unnecessary. By...doses of...medicines...multiplying...combining them properly, 20 to 30 articles, aided by the common resources of the lancet, a garden, a kitchen, fresh air, cool water, exercise, will be sufficient to cure all the diseases that are at present under the power of medicine.

- Benjamin Rush

The American war is over, but this is far from being the case with the American Revolution.

- Benjamin Rush

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

A simple democracy is the devil's own government.

- Benjamin Rush

Without the restraints of religion and social worship, men become savages much sooner than savages become civilized by means of religion and civil government.

- Benjamin Rush

Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error.

- Benjamin Rush

Mothers and schools plant the seeds of nearly all the good and evil which exists in the world.

- Benjamin Rush

Let us show the world that a difference of opinion upon medical subjects is not incompatible with medical friendships; and in so doing, let us throw the whole odium of the hostility of physicians to each other upon their competition for business and money.

- Benjamin Rush

While the business of education in Europe consists in lectures upon the ruins of Palmyra and the antiquities of Herculaneum, or in disputes about Hebrew points, Greek particles, or the accent and quantity of the Roman language, the youth of America will be employed in acquiring those branches of knowledge which increase the conveniences of life, lessen human misery, improve our country, promote population, exalt the human understanding, and establish domestic social and political happiness.

- Benjamin Rush

The American war is over; but this far from being the case with the American revolution. On the contrary, nothing but the first act of the drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government, and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners of our citizens for these forms of government after they are established and brought to perfection.

- Benjamin Rush

If moral precepts alone could have reformed mankind, the mission of the Son of God into all the world would have been unnecessary. The perfect morality of the gospel rests upon the doctrine which, though often controverted has never been refuted: I mean the vicarious life and death of the Son of God.

- Benjamin Rush