Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
John Adams (17351826)
I Pray Heaven to Bestow The Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE, and on All that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof!
President JOHN ADAMS, letter to his wife Abigail, November 2, 1800, the day after he moved into the White House.Letters of John Adams Addressed to His Wife, ed. Charles Francis Adams, p. 267 (1841).
President Franklin D. Roosevelt had this lettered in gold in the marble over the fireplace in the State Dining Room of the White House. The quotation above follows the capitalization used in the inscription.