Now I cannot say what the reason is as to why I never have written a completed Presidents Day essay except that I never have. Let me tell you that it had little to do with inspiration a scroll through the quotes I give you today will tell you that.
Many of these quotes have inspired others to reach out and take hold of their dreams. While some quotes have forged in the hearts and minds of those that have heard or read them the ideals of a country that has endured its share of hardships, and came out of them strong and more resolved that it will not be torn down. Therefore on this day that we honor our Presidents I give you these quotes, some may not be as famous as others, so that we all remember them yet they all have, in some way I am sure, inspired someone. While some I really just added for fun…
“The foundation of our national policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; …the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained…”
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.
Great lives never go out; they go on.
The very definition of tyranny is when all powers are gathered under one place.
The instrument by which it [government] must act are either the AUTHORITY of the laws or FORCE. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government there is an end to liberty!
I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me.
I know only two tunes: one of them is “Yankee Doodle,” and the other isn’t.
I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution
Ulysses S Grant
I like the noise of democracy.
The government should not be guided by Temporary Excitement, but by Sober Second Thought.
Martin Van Buren
A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.
William Henry Harrison
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.
Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages, I am an ardent believer in the free market.
Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Dwight D Eisenhower
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
Gerald R. Ford
Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis.
Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.
James A Garfield
I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don’t always agree with them.
George H. W. Bush
I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!
Warren G Harding
Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.
Facts are stubborn things.
The President of the United States should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves his country best.
Rutherford B Hayes
As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.
Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.
I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order.
Lyndon B. Johnson
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
John F Kennedy
The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.
One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.
William J. Clinton
Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear.
George W. Bush
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
Richard M. Nixon
The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded.
One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights.
James K Polk
Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can’t even lift them.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.
Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.
William Howard Taft
May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not.
The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it.
Chester A. Arthur
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
Harry S Truman
I hold it the duty of the executive to insist upon frugality in the expenditure, and a sparing economy is itself a great national source.
There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws.
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.
Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.
The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.
So to you my friends and family and family of friends and those of you that have just happened by I hope that as you enjoy your day off (if you have one) you take a minute and remember the men that have held the office for which we honor today. Lift up your beverage of choice and offer a toast those that have filled it, whether you agree with them or not for today is not about the politics it is about the office that the politics created.