Monday, February 20, 2012
Quotes from all 44 U.S. Presidents
"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."
“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.”
"One man with courage is a majority."
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
“I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me.”
“May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not.”
“Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion.”
“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there”
"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?"
"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."
“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.”
“A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.”
"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."
“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.”
"Speak softly and carry a big stick."
William Howard Taft
“The world is not going to be saved by legislation.”
“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!”
“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.”
"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'."
“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.”
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”
“The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.”
"We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And that makes us special among the nations of the earth."
“Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.”
"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.”
“No one is exempt from the call to find common ground.”