50 Inspiring Presidential Quotes

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Presidents’ Day has long been a time to reflect on the many achievements of our country’s greatest leaders, philosophers and architects of democracy. Here is a collection of a few inspirational presidential quotes to better your day.

50 Inspiring Presidential Quotes:

George Washington //  1789 -1797

On facing challenges: “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”

On foul language: “The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.”

On giving excuses: “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

John Adams //  1797 -1801

On growing old: “Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”

Thomas Jefferson // 1801 -1809

On a man’s behavior: “Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”

On not compromising your core values: “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

On reading: “I cannot live without books.”

On working hard: “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

James Madison // 1809 -1817

On authority: “The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.”

John Quincy Adams // 1825 -1829

On leadership: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

On patience and perseverance: “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

Abraham Lincoln //  1861 -1865

On attitude: “You cannot fail, if you resolutely determine that you will not.”

On being prepared: “I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”

On character: “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”

On progress: “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”

On time management: “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.”

James A. Garfield // 1881 -1881

On bravery: “A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.”

Stephen Grover Cleveland //  1885 -1889

On the influence of friends: “A man is known by the company he keeps, and also by the company from which he is kept out.”

Theodore Roosevelt // 1901 -1909

On believing in yourself: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

On the Bible: “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

On confidence: “Believe that you can and you’re halfway there.”

On honor: “The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.”

On leadership: “People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

On life: “In life, as in a football game, the principle is to hit the line hard.”

On morals: “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”

On taking action: “Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.”

On voting: “A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user

Woodrow Wilson // 1913 – 1921

On teamwork: “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”

Herbert Hoover // 1929 -1933

On patience: “Be patient and calm; no one can catch a fish with anger.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt //  1933-1945

On being respectful: “If you treat people right they will treat you right… ninety percent of the time.”

On fear: “The only thing to fear is, fear itself.”

Harry S. Truman //  1945 -1953

On perspective: “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

On religion: “I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.”

On ring the truth: ” I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.”

On sharing the spotlight: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower // 1953 -1961

On accomplishing your goals: “Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.”

On being pessimistic: “Pessimism never won any battle.”

On quality friendships: “Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.”

On small achievements: “Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.”

John F. Kennedy //  1961 -1963

On accomplishing your goals: “Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.”

On being different: “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

On being pessimistic: “Pessimism never won any battle.”

On politics: “Politics is like football; if you see daylight, go through the hole.”

On quality friendships: “Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like.”

Gerald R. Ford //  1974 -1977

On remembering what is important: “Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.”

Ronald Reagan // 1981 -1989

On family: “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

On a Godly nation: “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

On life: “Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”

Barack Obama // 2008 -2016

On change: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

On not giving up: “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

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