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Presidents Day 2020: Inspirational quotes from every U.S. president

Presidents Day – celebrated on the third Monday of February – officially commemorates the Feb. 22, 1732 birth of George Washington. Unofficially, however, it honors the people who have led the country through the years.

Here are some of the inspirational quotes from every U.S. president from Washington to Trump, in order of their terms of office:

George Washington

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

John Adams

“If conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value.”

Thomas Jefferson

“On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

James Madison

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

James Monroe

“The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.”

John Quincy Adams

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.”

Andrew Jackson

“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”

Martin Van Buren

“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.”

William Henry Harrison

“Times change, and we change with them.”

John Tyler

“A republican government can only be supported by virtue; and the end of all our legislation should be to encourage our fellow citizens in its daily practice.”

James K. Polk

“Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.”

Zachary Taylor

“As American freemen, we cannot but sympathize in all efforts to extend the blessings of civil and political liberty, but at the same time, we are warned by the admonitions of history and the voice of our own beloved Washington to abstain from entangling alliances with foreign nations.”

Millard Filmore

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

Franklin Pierce

“While men inhabiting different parts of this vast continent cannot be expected to hold the same opinions, they can unite in a common objective and sustain common principles.”

James Buchanan

“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”

Abraham Lincoln

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Andrew Johnson

“If you always support the correct principles then you will never get the wrong results!”

Ulysses S. Grant

“In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.”

Rutherford B. Hayes

“Personally I do not resort to force–not even the force of law–to advance moral reforms. I prefer education, argument, persuasion, and above all the influence of example.”

James Garfield

“Right reason is stronger than force.”

Chester A. Arthur

“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.”

Grover Cleveland

“A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.”

Benjamin Harrison

“Great lives never go out; they go on.”

Grover Cleveland (Cleveland is only president to serve 2 non-consecutive terms)

“Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement.”

William McKinley

“Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

William Howard Taft

“A government is for the benefit of all the people.”

Woodrow Wilson

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”

Warren G. Harding

“There’s good in everybody. Boost. Don’t knock.”

Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing in this 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. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Herbert Hoover

“My country owes me nothing. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Harry S. Truman

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

John F. Kennedy

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Richard Nixon

“We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another – until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.”

Gerald Ford

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

Jimmy Carter

“You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.”

Ronald Reagan

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

George H.W. Bush

“We are a nation of communities… a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”

William “Bill” Clinton

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.”

George W. Bush

“Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.”

Barack Obama

“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.”

Donald Trump

“No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.”

 

This article was originally published on al.com

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