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Jesus Christ’s Effect on Society

Napoleon Bonaparte Speaking about Jesus said:

“What a master, and what a word, which can effect such a revolution.”

Benjamin Franklin, American public official, writer, scientist, and printer, 1706-1790

“He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will revolutionize the world.”

George Schweitzer

“Man has changed his world in a remarkable way, but has not been able to alter himself. Since this problem is basically a spiritual one, and since man is naturally bent toward evil (as history attests), the sole way man can be changed is by God. Only if a man commits himself to Jesus Christ and submits himself to the Holy Spirit for guidance can  he be changed. Only in this miraculous transformation rests hope for the atom-awed, radio-activity-ruffled world of our day and its inhabitants.”

Mark Hopkins, A
merican educator and theologian, president of Williams College (1836-1872), 1802-1887

“No revolution that has taken place in society can be compared to that which has been produced by the words of Jesus Christ.”

Plautus, Roman comic playwright whose works influenced Shakespeare and Molière. 

From his Asinaria:

“Every man is a wolf to every other man.”


“Homo, Homin, Lupus.”

Plato, Greek philosopher

“I have found a wild beast living in our nature.”

early Greek writer

“A changeable creature, such is man, a shadow in a dream.”

The man who was tired of life,
c. 1990 B.C.

“The wrong which roams the earth; there is no end to it.”

Diogenes the Cynic,
Greek philosopher who founded the Cynic school of philosophy,
 400-325 B.C.

“I am looking for an honest man.”

Chinese Confucian philosopher who taught that man is innately good and that one's nature can be enhanced
or perverted by one's environment, 372-289 B.C.

“Never has a man who was bent himself been able to make others straight.”

Polybius, Greek historian, c 208-126 B.C.

“There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.”

Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus), Roman philosopher and poet, 99-55 B.C.

“O miserable minds of men! O blind hearts! In what darkness of life, in what great dangers you so end this span of years!”

Virgil (Publius Verbilius Maro), Roman poet, 70-19 B.C.

“From a single crime know the nation.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca,  Roman Stoic philosopher, writer, and tutor of Nero, c 4 B.C.-A.D. 65

“What fools these mortals be.”

Livy (Titus Livius), Roman historian, 59 B.C.-A.D. 17

“We can endure neither our evils nor their curses.”

Pliny the elder (Gaius Punius Secundus), Roman scholar and naturalist, A.D. 23-79

“With man, most of his misfortunes are occasioned by man.”

Gaius Petronius (Petroniua Arbiter), Roman jurist whose chief work, the Institutes, is a major source of information on Roman law, died A.D. c 66

“A man must have his faults.”

Sebastian Brant,  German poet and humanist, 1457-1527

“The world wants to be deceived.”

Niccolo Machiavelli, Italian political theorist, 1469-1527

“Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.”

“The people resemble a wild beast.”

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, French essayist, 1533-1592

“Every man bears the whole stamp of human condition.”

“There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.”

Edward Gibbon, British historian who wrote the classic text The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1737-1794

“History…is indeed little more than the register of the crime, follies, and misfortune of mankind.”

Anne Frank, German Jewish diarist, 1929-1945

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

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