Quotes from the Presidents: 

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." George Washington

"When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred." Thomas Jefferson

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Abraham Lincoln 

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."   Abraham Lincoln

"I feel incompetent to perform duties...which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me. Andrew Johnson

"He serves his party best who serves his country best." Rutherford B. Hayes

"No President has ever enjoyed himself as much as I?" Theodore Roosevelt

"Speak softly and carry a big stick." Theodore Roosevelt

"I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the president is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town." William Howard Taft

"I am glad to be going. This is the lonesomest pace in the world?" William Howard Taft

"You cannot become thorough Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. America does not consist of groups. A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American." Woodrow Wilson

"If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it." Calvin Coolidge

"Four fifths of all our troubles in this life would disappear if we would only sit down and keep still." Calvin Coolidge

"The slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail to the full garage." Herbert Hoover

"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Franklin D. Roosevelt

"If you cant stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." Harry S. Truman

"The atom bomb was no "great decision." It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness." Harry S. Truman

"The buck stops here." Harry S. Truman

"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." Dwight D. Eisenhower

"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for youask what you can do for your country."  John F. Kennedy

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." John F. Kennedy

"I do not think it altogether inappropriate to introduce myself to this audience. I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it." John F. Kennedy

"The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community. It is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods." Lyndon B. Johnson

"People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, Im not a crook." Richard Nixon

"When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal." Richard M. Nixon

"Our Long national nightmare is over." Gerald Ford

"Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men." Gerald R. Ford

"A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. Its a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity." Jimmy Carter

"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America." Jimmy Carter

"It is not my intention to do away with government. It is rather to make it work -- work with us, not over us; stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it. This Administration's objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy." Ronald Reagan

"Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known." Ronald Reagan

"We cannot permit the extreme in the environmental movement to shut down the United States. We cannot shut down the lives of many Americans by going to the extreme on the environment." 
George Bush

"We have ...drawn a line in the sand." George H. W. Bush 

"We need a new spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together, or the American Dream will continue to wither. Our destiny is bound up with the destiny of every other American." Bill Clinton 

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." Bill Clinton


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