Monday, February 20, 2012

Quotes from all 44 U.S. Presidents

George Washington
"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."

John Adams
“The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.”

Thomas Jefferson
"One man with courage is a majority."

James Madison
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

James Monroe
“National honor is the national property of the highest value.”

John Quincy Adams
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

Andrew Jackson
“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error”

Martin Van Buren
“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.”

William Henry Harrison
“There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power.”

John Tyler
"Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality."

James K Polk
"Public opinion: May it always perform one of its appropriate offices, by teaching the public functionaries of the State and of the Federal Government, that neither shall assume the exercise of powers entrusted by the Constitution to the other."  

Zachary Taylor
“I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me.”

Millard Fillmore
“May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not.”

Franklin Pierce
“Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion.”

James Buchanan
“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there”

Abraham Lincoln
"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"

Andrew Johnson
"The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people."

Ulysses S Grant
"My failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent."

Rutherford B Hayes
"Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office seeking."

James Garfield
“If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it.”

Chester A Arthur
“Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken.”

Grover Cleveland
“A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.”

Benjamin Harrison
"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."

William McKinley
“That’s all a man can hope for during his lifetime – to set an example – and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.”

Theodore Roosevelt
"Speak softly and carry a big stick."

William Howard Taft
“The world is not going to be saved by legislation.”

Woodrow Wilson
“We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.”

Warren G Harding
“I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!”

Calvin Coolidge
“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.”

Herbert Hoover
"A splendid storehouse of integrity and freedom has been bequeathed to us by our forefathers. In this day of confusion, of peril to liberty, our high duty is to see that this storehouse is not robbed of its contents."

Franklin D Roosevelt
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

Harry S Truman
"You can not stop the spread of an idea by passing a law against it."

Dwight D Eisenhower
"I never saw a pessimistic general win a battle."

John F Kennedy
"And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

Lyndon B Johnson
"You ain't learnin' nothin' when you're talkin'."

Richard Nixon
“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.”

Gerald Ford
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

Jimmy Carter
“The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.”

Ronald Reagan
"We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And that makes us special among the nations of the earth."

George Bush
“Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.”

Bill Clinton
"We need a spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together. If we have no sense of community, the American dream will wither."

George W Bush
“America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.”

Barack Obama
“No one is exempt from the call to find common ground.”

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