Top 10 Quotes from US Presidents

The President of the United States is the commander-in-chief, chief administrator, chief executive, chief of state, chief diplomat, chief of party, chief legislature, and chief citizen. There have been 44 Presidents since the inauguration of the 1st US President, George Washington, in 1789.

Here are the top 10 quotes from some of history’s greatest presidents :

I.

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
– George Washington, 1st US President

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Interesting Fact: He promoted to General of the Armies of the United States, the highest US officer rank there ever will be.

II.

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy.
– Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President

Thomas Jefferson

Interesting Fact: He was the 1st president to be inaugurated in Washington, DC.

III.

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, 16th US President 

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Interesting Fact: He founded the National Banking System.

IV.

No nation deserves to exist if it permits itself to lose the stern and virile virtues; and this without regard to whether the loss is due to the growth of a heartless and all-absorbing commercialism, to prolonged indulgence in luxury and soft, effortless ease, or the deification of a warped and twisted sentimentality.
-Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President

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Interesting Fact: He was the first American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and youngest president at age 42.

V.

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 that errand.
Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President
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Interesting Fact: He is one of four presidents to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and is on the $100,000 bill.

VI.

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd US President
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Interesting Fact: He has served as president for twelve years, almost four terms, the longest in the history of presidents.

VII.

A society will be judged by how it treats its weakest members.
Harry S. Truman, 33rd US President
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Interesting Fact: He signed the United Nations Charter and NATO pact, and created the NSA and CIA.

VIII.

Dollars and guns are no substitute for brains and willpower.
Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th US President
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Interesting Fact: He put an end to the Korean War, aided in WWII victory, and also established NASA.

IX.

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or make it the last.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th US President

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Interesting Fact: He was a founder of the Peace Corps, and is the only president to win a Pulitzer Prize and Purple Heart.

X.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
– Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President

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Interesting Fact: He envisioned a “Great Society”,  signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Social Security Amendments of 1965.

Thank you to history’s greatest US Presidents for your wisdom and leadership!

What are some of your favorite quotes by presidents?

 

 

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