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U.S. Presidents – Quotes

Posted October 31, 2012 in Community Blogs, Clear Lake

In the spirit of the election season, I offer a variety of presidential quotes.  Read them and reflect on how fortunate our nation has been to be blessed with the courage, spirit and leadership of these men.  Ponder too that these fellows of various strengths and beliefs rose to the occasion of their office despite their human frailties.

George Washington (1789-1797)
“Few men have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
James Madison (1809-1817)
“The problem to be solved is, not what form of government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.”
James Monroe (1817-1825)
“The American continents…are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by European powers.”
Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
“As to the Presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.”
John Tyler (1841-1845)
“Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.”
James Polk (1845-1849)
“With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses.”
Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
“The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution.”
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
Chester Arthur (1881-1885)
“If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth.”
William McKinley (1897-1901)
“In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.”
Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
“I have never been hurt by anything I didn’t say.”


Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
“Peace is not made at the council table or by treaties but in the hearts of men.”
Dwight David Eisenhower (1953 – 1961)
“America is best described by one word, freedom.”
Richard Nixon (1969-1974)
“I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would like to have ended up as a sports writer.”
Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
“We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.”
Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
“There is nothing wrong in American that can’t be fixed by what is right in America.”

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