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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Writer's Life 1/19 - President Quotes

Tomorrow Donald Trump will be sworn in as America's 45th president. Here's a list of quotes from the previous 44. I avoided the obvious and the scandalous.
1. George Washington - "Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."
2. John Adams - "The happiness of society is the end of government."
3. Thomas Jefferson - "No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it."
4. James Madison - "The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted."
5. James Monroe - "It is the knowledge that all men have weaknesses and that many have vices that makes government necessary."
6. John Quincy Adams - "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
7. Andrew Jackson - "Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission."
8. Martin Van Buren - "The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity."
9. William Henry Harrison - "I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free."
10. John Tyler - "I can never consent to being dictated to."
11. James K. Polk - "No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure."
12. Zachary Taylor - "It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe."
13. Millard Fillmore - "It is not strange... to mistake change for progress."
14. Franklin Pierce - "Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion."
15. James Buchanan - "I like the noise of democracy."
16. Abraham Lincoln - "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
17. Andrew Johnson - "The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people."
18. Ulysses S. Grant - "Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions."
19. Rutherford B. Hayes - "Must swear off from swearing. Bad habit."
20. James A. Garfield - "The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."
21. Chester Arthur - "I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damned business."
22. Grover Cleveland - "Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters."
23. Benjamin Harrison - "Great lives never go out; they go on."
24. Grover Cleveland - "What is the use of being elected or re-elected, unless you stand for something?"
25. William McKinley - "War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed."
26. Theodore Roosevelt - "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."
27. William Howard Taft - "We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government."
28. Woodrow Wilson - "If you want to make enemies, try to change something."
29. Warren G. Harding - "America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration."
30. Calvin Coolidge - "The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
31. Herbert Hoover - "Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt."
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt - "When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."
33. Harry S. Truman - "A President cannot always be popular."
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower - "Pessimism never won any battle."
35. John F. Kennedy - "Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all."
36. Lyndon B. Johnson - "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."
37. Richard Nixon - "A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."
38. Gerald Ford - "Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time."
39. Jimmy Carter - "We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles."
40. Ronald Reagan - "Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."
41. George Bush - "We know what works. Freedom Works. We know what's right. Freedom is right."
42. Bill Clinton - "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America."
43. George W. Bush - "There's no bigger task than protecting the homeland of our country."
44. Barack Obama - "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America."

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