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Quotes by US Presidents

Barack Obama (*1961), 44th President (2009 – Present)
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

George W. Bush (*1946), 43rd President (2001 – 2009)
“The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.”

Bill Clinton (*1946), 42nd President (1993 – 2001)
“It takes a long time to turn a big country around. Just be of good cheer and keep working on it.”

George H. Bush (*1924), 41st President (1989 – 1993)
“I have opinions of my own — strong opinions — but I don’t always agree with them.”

Ronald Reagan (*1911 – †2004), 40th President (1981 – 1989)
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Jimmy Carter (*1924), 39th President (1977 – 1981)
“Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.”

Gerald Ford (*1913 – †1994), 38th President (1974 – 1977)
“I had a lot of experience with people smarter than I am.”

Richard Nixon (*1913 – †1994), 37th President (1969 – 1974)
“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.”

Lyndon B. Johnson (*1908 – †1973), 36th President (1963 – 1969)
“We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.”

John F. Kennedy (*1917 – †1963), 35th President (1961 – 1963)
“As a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner.”.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower (*1890 – †1969), 34th President (1953 – 1961)
“An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.”

Harry Truman (*1884 – †1972), 33rd President (1945 – 1953)
“Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt (*1882 – †1945), 32nd President (1933 – 1945)
“Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”

Herbert Hoover (*1874 – †1964), 31st President (1929 – 1933)
“Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.”

Calvin Coolidge (*1872 – †1933), 30th President (1923 – 1929)
“Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.”

Warren G. Harding (*1865 – †1923), 29th President (1921 – 1923)
“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!”

Woodrow Wilson (*1856 – †1924), 28th President (1913 – 1921)
“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”

William H. Taft (*1857 – †1930), 27th President (1909 – 1913)
“We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.”

Theodore Roosevelt (*1858 – †1919), 26th President (1901 – 1909)
“In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

William McKinley (*1843 – †1901), 25th President (1897 – 1901)
“Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles.”

Grover Cleveland (*1837 – †1908), 24th President (1893 – 1897)
“WHATEVER YOU DO, TELL THE TRUTH.”

Benjamin Harrison (*1833 – †1901), 23rd President (1889 – 1893)
“Sir, I wish to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.”

Grover Cleveland (*1837 – †1908), 22nd President (1885 – 1889)
“WHATEVER YOU DO, TELL THE TRUTH.”

Chester A. Arthur (*1829 – †1886), 21st President (1881 – 1885)
“I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damned business.”

James A. Garfield (*1831 – †1881), 20th President (1881)
“The world’s history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word.”

Rutherford B. Hayes (*1822 – †1893), 19th President (1877 – 1881)
“It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear.”

Ulysses S. Grant (*1822 – †1885), 18th President (1869 – 1877)
“God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both.”

Andrew Johnson (*1808 – †1875), 17th President (1865 – 1869)
“No, gentlemen, if I am to be shot at, I want no man to be in the way of the bullet.”

Abraham Lincoln (*1809 – †1865), 16th President (1861 – 1865)
“The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.”

James Buchanan (*1791 – †1868), 15th President (1857 – 1861)
“What is right and what is practicable are two different things.”

Franklin Pierce (*1804 – †1869), 14th President (1853 – 1857)
“Remember that time is money.”

Millard Fillmore (*1800 – †1874), 13th President (1850 – 1853)
“An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.”

Zachary Taylor (*1784 – †1850), 12th President (1849 – 1850)
“I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me.”

James K. Polk (*1795 – †1849), 11th President (1845 – 1849)
“No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.”

John Tyler (*1790 – †1862), 10th President (1841 – 1845)
“I can never consent to being dictated to.”

William H. Harrison (*1773 – †1841), 9th President (1841)
“Sir, I wish to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more.”

Martin Van Buren (*1782 – †1862), 8th President (1837 – 1841)
“I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men… in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor.”

Andrew Jackson (*1767 – †1845), 7th President (1829 – 1837)
“The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality.”

John Quincy Adams (*1767 – †1848), 6th President (1825 – 1829)
“Patience and perseverance have a magical affect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

James Monroe (*1758 – †1831), 5th President (1817 – 1825)
“National honor is national property of the highest value.”

James Madison (*1751 – †1836), 4th President (1809 – 1817)
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

Thomas Jefferson (*1743 – †1826), 3rd President (1801 – 1809)
“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

John Adams (*1735 – †1826), 2nd (1797 – 1801)
“You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.”

George Washington (*1732 – †1799), 1st President (1789 – 1797)
“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

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