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20 Of Our Favorite Presidential Quotes; Number 16 Is Still Very True Today!

There are so many inspirational quotes that get paraded out for certain occasions and they don’t always stick in the memory. But, there are some presidential quotes that seem to hold as much wisdom and humor now as the day they were first written or spoken aloud. If you ever get discouraged at the current state of politics, then take solace in these historical presidential quotes. Let’s not forget, we’ve had some pretty smart presidents! Here are, in no particular order, some of our favorite and most thoughtful presidential quotes.

1) “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” -Abraham Lincoln

President Lincoln Seated

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2) “Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.” -George Washington

3) “What counts in not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

4) “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

5) “Older men declare ware, but it is the younger men that will fight and die.” -Warren G. Harding

6) “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” -John F. Kennedy

JFK Signing Proclmation 3504 for the Naval Quarantine of Cuba

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7) “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be the our doubts of today.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

8) “There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” -Andrew Jackson

9) “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” -John F. Kennedy

10) “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” -Woodrow Wilson

11) “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” -Harry S. Truman

President Harry S. Truman is shown at his desk at the White House signing a proclamation declaring a national emergency.  December 16, 1950.

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12) “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” -Abraham Lincoln

13) “Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.” -Jimmy Carter

14) “It is better to be alone than in bad company.” -George Washington

15) “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” -Theodore Roosevelt

16) “The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.” -Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Circa 1910

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17) “Man cannot live by bread alone: he must have peanut butter.” -James A. Garfield

18) “It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.” -Andrew Jackson

19) “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.” -Woodrow Wilson

20) “If the power to do hard work is not a skill, then it is the best possible substitution for it.” -James A. Garfield

These quotes remind us how many great men served in the oval office. We couldn’t possibly fit all the great quotes here. Did we miss a favorite presidential quote of yours? Let us know in the comments.

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