In honor of Presidents’ Day I thought I would list some quotes from former Chiefs of State of this great country of ours.
1. George Washington 1789-1797
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
3.Thomas Jefferson 1801-1809
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty
4. James Madison 1809-1817
If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
5. James Monroe 1817-1825
It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty
6. John Quincy Adams 1825-1829
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
7. Andrew Jackson 1829-1837
One man with courage makes a majority.
8. Martin Van Buren 1837-1841
Those who have wrought great changes in the world never succeeded by gaining over chiefs; but always by exciting the multitude. The first is the resource of intrigue and produces only secondary results, the second is the resort of genius and transforms the universe.
9. William Henry Harrison 1841-1841 (Died In Office)
I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free
10. John Tyler 1841-1845
Let it be henceforth proclaimed to the world that man’s conscience was created free; that he is no longer accountable to his fellow man for his religious opinions, being responsible therefore only to his God.
11. James K. Polk 1845-1849
No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.
12. Zachary Taylor 1849-1850
I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me.
13. Millard Fillmore 1850-1853
It is not strange… to mistake change for progress.
14.Franklen Pierce 1853-1857
A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties.
15. James Buchanan 1857-1861
To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute.
16. Abraham Lincoln 1861-1865
It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.
17. Andrew Johnson 1865-1869
The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.
18. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 1869-1877
I know only two tunes: one of them is “Yankee Doodle,” and the other isn’t.
19. Rutherford B. Hayes 1877-1881
Let every man, every corporation, and especially let every village, town, and city, every county and State, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times.
20. James A. Garfield 1881-(Died in Office)
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
21. Chester A. Arthur 1881-1885
I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damned business.
22.Grover Cleveland 1885-1889
The lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government, Government should not support the people.
23.Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893
There never has been a time in our history when work was so abundant or when wages were as high, whether measured by the currency in which they are paid or by their power to supply the necessaries and comforts of life
24.Grover Cleveland 1893-1897
The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.
25. William McKinley 1897-1901
We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is Manifest Destiny.
26. Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
27.William Howard Taft 1909-1913
Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.
28.Woodraw Wilson 1913-1921
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
29.Warren G. Harding 1921-1923
I don’t know much about Americanism, but it’s a damn good word with which to carry an election.
30.Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929
Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.
31.Herbert Hoover 1929-1933
I’m the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him.
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1945
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
33.Harry S. Truman 1945-1953
The atom bomb was no “great decision.” It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.
34.Dwight D. Eisenhower 1953-1961
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
35. John F. Kennedy 1961-1963
When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
36.Lyndon B. Johnson 1963-1969
If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: “President Can’t Swim.”
37. Richard M. Nixon 1969-1974
Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits
38. Gerald R. Ford 1974-1977
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
39.Jimmy Carter 1977-1981
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
40. Ronald Reagan 1981-1989
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
41.George Bush 1989-1993
I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.
42. Bill Clinton 1993-2001
I am in support of the NRA position on gun control.
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
43. George W. Bush 2001-2009
On September 11 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the Earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat from any source that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America.
44. Barack H. Obama 2009-
Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.