Quoting Presidents

Abe and George

Since today is President’s Day (George and Abraham) and since I am waiting for the stove to be fixed, I thought it would be different if I published a few quotes from past presidents. Some ring true today.

“While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him only in this case they are answerable.” George Washington

“When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.” Thomas Jefferson

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” Abraham Lincoln

“He serves his party best who serves his country best.” Rutherford B. Hayes

“I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the president is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town.” William Howard Taft

“You cannot become thorough Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. America does not consist of groups. A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American.” Woodrow Wilson

“Four fifths of all our troubles in this life would disappear if we would only sit down and keep still.” Calvin Coolidge

“Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. … It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community. … It is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods.” Lyndon B. Johnson

“People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” Richard Nixon

“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.” Richard M. Nixon

“A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It’s a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.” Jimmy Carter

“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense … human rights invented America.” Jimmy Carter

“We cannot permit the extreme in the environmental movement to shut down the United States. We cannot shut down the lives of many Americans by going to the extreme on the environment.”
George HW Bush

“We need a new spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together, or the American Dream will continue to wither. Our destiny is bound up with the destiny of every other American.” Bill Clinton

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” Bill Clinton

“I’m telling you there’s an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That’s the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best.” George W. Bush

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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