U.S. President Quotes

U.S. Presidents
George Washington Print Gallery
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington
Few men have the courage to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington
…first in war, first in peace and first in the heart of his countrymen. George Washington
It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. George Washington
Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. George Washington
Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington
It is not a custom with me to keep money to look at. George Washington
The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government. George Washington
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. George Washington
In public as in private life, I am persuaded that honesty will forever be found to be the best policy. George Washington
John Adams Print Gallery
A government of laws, not of men. John Adams
Facts are stubborn things. John Adams
I am a soldier, so my son can be a farmer, so his son can be a poet. John Adams
Thomas Jefferson Print Gallery
I cannot live without books. Thomas Jefferson
When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry an hundred. Thomas Jefferson
I never considered a difference in opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson
The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time. Thomas Jefferson
No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another. Thomas Jefferson
It is more honorable to repair a wrong than to persist in it. Thomas Jefferson
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson
Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppression of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. Thomas Jefferson
That one hundred and fifty lawyers should do business together ought not be expected. [On referring to the United State Congress] Thomas Jefferson
I find as I grow older that I love those most that I loved first.
Thomas Jefferson
It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson
Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe. Thomas Jefferson
I feel the harder I work, the more luck I have. Thomas Jefferson
The country is safe. Jefferson still lives. (John Adams) John Adams will see things go forward. (Thomas Jefferson) Spoken by each on the same day of death – July 4, 1826 (Independence Day) Thomas Jefferson
James Madison Print Gallery
Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. James Madison
Philosophy is common sense with big words. James Madison
All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. James Madison
Andrew Jackson Print Gallery
One man with courage makes a majority. Andrew Jackson
Abraham Lincoln Print Gallery
Let us have faith that right make might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.
Abraham Lincoln
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Abraham Lincoln
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.
Abraham Lincoln
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Abraham Lincoln
That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. Abraham Lincoln
I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother. Abraham Lincoln
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln
Ulysses S. Grant Print Gallery
I was successful because you believed in me. Ulysses S. Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Print Gallery
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt
Action speaks louder than words. Theodore Roosevelt
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. Theoodore Roosevelt
Get action. Do things; be sane, don’t fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action. Theodore Roosevelt
Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, or idealism, or character; it is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent. Theodore Roosevelt
Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of same Great Adventure. Theoodore Roosevelt
In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard. Theodore Roosevelt
No man is above the law and no man is below it. Theodore Roosevelt
To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed. Theoodore Roosevelt
Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell them, “Certainly, I can!” Then get busy and find out how to do it.
Theodore Roosevelt
Do what you can, with what you have, where you can.
Theodore Roosevelt
It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.
Theoodore Roosevelt
Black care rarely sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough. Theodore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson Print Gallery
Life does not consist in thinking. It consists in acting. Woodrow Wilson
Some people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world. Woodrow Wilson
It must be a peace without victory. Woodrow Wilson
All big men are dreamers. Woodrow Wilson
Franklin D. Roosevelt Print Gallery
We would rather die on our feet than live on our knees. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I am an old campaigner, and I love a good fight. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I pledge to you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over its government. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman Print Gallery
You know, the greatest epitaph in the country says, “Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnest.” I think that is the greatest epitaph a man could ever have. Whenever a man does the best he can, then that is all he can do. Harry S. Truman
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S. Truman
I’m going to fight hard. I’m going to give them hell. Harry S. Truman
I never sit on a fence. I am either on one side or another. Harry S. Truman
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Harry S. Truman
Once a decision was made. I did not worry about it afterwards. Harry S. Truman
The buck stops here. Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower Print Gallery
Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination. Dwight D.Eisenhower
I like Ike. Dwight D.Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy Print Gallery
The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly. John F. Kennedy
It’s much easier to make speeches than it is to finally make the judgments, because unfortunately your advisers are frequently divided. If you take the wrong course, and on occasion I have, the President bears the burden, responsibility, quite rightly. The advisers may move on to new advice. John F. Kennedy
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. John F. Kennedy
A man does what he must – in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality. John F. Kennedy
The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time. John F. Kennedy
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. John F. Kennedy
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When poetry corrupts, poetry cleanse, for art establishes the basic human truths, which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment. John F. Kennedy
There is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded, and some men never leave the country…Life is unfair. John F. Kennedy
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy
Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. John F. Kennedy
Ask not what your country can do for you; but what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy
An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. John F. Kennedy
Richard Nixon Print Gallery
You cannot win a battle in any arena merely by defending yourself.
Richard Nixon
It is time for the great silent majority of Americans to stand up and be counted. Richard Nixon
The people’s right to change what does not work is one of the greatest principles of our system of government. Richard Nixon
Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty, always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. Richard Nixon
Jimmy Carter Print Gallery
The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan Print Gallery
You know, by the time you reach my age, you’ve made plenty of mistakes, and if you’ve lived your life properly, so you learn. You put things in perspective. You pull your energies together. You change. You go forward. Ronald Reagan
I’ve always believed that this land was set aside in an uncommon way, that a diverse plan placed this great continent between the oceans to be found by a people from every corner of the earth who had a special; love of faith, freedom and peace. Ronald Reagan
America is too great for small dreams. Ronald Reagan
Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process. Ronald Reagan
George H. Bush Print Gallery
America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world. George H. Bush
William Clinton Print Gallery
Our destiny is bound up with the destiny of every other American. William Clinton
Let us never forget, when they were young, these men saved the world. William Clinton
George W. Bush Print Gallery
I can hear you. The whole world can hear you. George W. Bush
There is no negotiating freedom. George W. Bush
Barack Obama Print Gallery
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. Barack Obama