Inspiring Quotes On Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness From Every US President

Source by businessinsider

 
George Washington

 

George Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1789-1797

“Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”

John Adams

 

John Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1797-1801

“You will ever remember that all the end of study is to make you a good man and a useful citizen.”

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1801-1809

“When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.”

 

James Madison
James Madison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1809-1817

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

 

James Monroe
James Monroe

 

 

 

1817-1825

“It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future.”

John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1825-1829

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

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1829-1837

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”

 
Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1837-1841

“All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess.”

William Henry Harrison
William Henry Harrison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1841

“I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.”

 

John Tyler
John Tyler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1841-1845

“Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.”

 

James Polk
James Polk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1845-1849

“May the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country’s peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family.”

 

Zachary Taylor
Zachary Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1849-1850

“It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe.”

 

Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1850-1853

“An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.”

Franklin Pierce
Franklin Pierce

 

 

1853-1857

“The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution.”

James Buchanan
James Buchanan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1857-1861

“A long visit to a friend is often a great bore. Never make people twice glad.”

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1861-1865

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”

Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1865-1869

“Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.”

Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1869-1877

“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

Rutherford B. Hayes
Rutherford B. Hayes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1877-1881

“For honest merit to succeed amid the tricks and intrigues which are now so lamentably common, I know is difficult; but the honor of success is increased by the obstacles which are to be surmounted. Let me triumph as a man or not at all.”

James Garfield
James Garfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1881

“Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.”

Chester Arthur
Chester Arthur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1881-1885

“Good ball players make good citizens.”

 

Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1885-1889, 1893-1897

“A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.”

Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison

 

 

 

 

1889-1893

“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.”
William McKinley
William McKinley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1897-1901

“Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles.”

Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1901-1909

“We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.”

William Taft
William Taft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1909-1913

“Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.”

 

Woodrow Wilson

 

Woodrow Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1913-1921

“One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat.”

Warren G. Harding

 

Warren G. Harding

 

 

1921-1923

“America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality.”

Calvin Coolidge

 

Calvin Coolidge

 

 

1923-1929

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb … Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Herbert Hoover

 

Herbert Hoover

1929-1933

“Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

1933-1945

“Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you.”

 
Harry S. Truman

 

Harry S. Truman

 

 

 

1945-1953

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”

Dwight Eisenhower

 

Dwight Eisenhower

1953-1961

“Neither a wise man or a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.”

John F. Kennedy

 

John F. Kennedy

 

 

 

 

1961-1963

“Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met — obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

 

Lyndon B. Johnson

 

 

 

1963-1969

“If we succeed, it will not be because of what we have, but it will be because of what we are; not because of what we own, but, rather because of what we believe.”

Richard Nixon

 

Richard Nixon

 

 

 

1969-1974

“The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep.”

Gerald Ford

 

Gerald Ford

 

 

 

 

1974-1977

“The founding of our Nation was more than a political event; it was an act of faith, a promise to Americans and to the entire world. The Declaration of Independence declared that people can govern themselves, that they can live in freedom with equal rights, that they can respect the rights of others.”

 
Jimmy Carter, Jr.

 

Jimmy Carter, Jr.

 

 

 

1977-1981

“Piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.”

 

 

Ronald Reagan

 

Ronald Reagan

 

 

 

1981-1989

“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”

George H.W. Bush

 

George H.W. Bush

 

 

1989-1993

“No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.”

Bill Clinton

 

Bill Clinton

 

 

1993-2001

“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

George W. Bush

 

George W. Bush

 

 

2001-2009

“Life takes its own turns, makes its own demands, writes its own story, and along the way, we start to realize we are not the author.”

Barack Obama

 

Barack Obama

 

 

2009-present

“One voice can change a room. And if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”