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Quotations from Our Presidents

Five Presidents 2008

Have you ever wondered what the conversation would be like if you could assemble all of our presidents, past and present, together in one place? The picture above is of the five living of our most recent presidents. I miss Reagan! Imagine the variety of opinions and philosophies just with those five alone!

Since this past Monday was Presidents' Day here in the USA, I thought I'd share some quotations I've assembled from some of our nations presidents. Some are humorous, but not all.

"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder." — George Washington

"Washington, DC is 12 square miles bordered by reality." — Andrew Johnson

"Things are more like they are now than they have ever been." — Gerald Ford

"An amazing invention — but who would ever want to use one?" — Rutherford B. Hayes, sharing his thoughts about the telephone

"Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter." — James Garfield

"I know only two tunes. One of them is 'Yankee Doodle' and the other isn't." — Ulysses Grant

"Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose." — Woodrow Wilson

"Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening." — Bill Clinton

"Politics makes me sick." — William Howard Taft

"Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies." — Thomas Jefferson

"Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." — John Adams

"Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette — the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace." — John Tyler

"Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt." — Herbert Hoover

"You lose." — Calvin Coolidge, after a woman told him she made a bet that she could get at least three words of conversation from him

"If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished." — Richard Nixon

"If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." — Harry Truman

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." — John Kennedy

"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress." — John Adams

"The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed." — Abraham Lincoln

"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'not guilty.'" — Theodore Roosevelt

"I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency—even if I'm in a Cabinet meeting." — Ronald Reagan

"These stories about my intellectual capacity really get under my skin. You know, for a while I even thought my staff believed it. There on my schedule first thing every morning it said, 'Intelligence Briefing.'" — George W. Bush

"Many of you know that I got my name, Barack, from my father. What you may not know is Barack is actually Swahili for 'That One.' And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn't think I'd ever run for president." — Barack Obama

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" — Ronald Reagan


I hope you enjoyed those. Have a great rest of the week!


"God is the ultimate, infinite multitasker." — Ted Allston


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