157+ Best George W. Bush Quotes: Exclusive Selection

George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. Profoundly inspirational George W. Bush quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous George W. Bush Quotes

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time. – George W. Bush

I had to abandon free market principles in order to save the free market system. – George W. Bush

Freedom is not our gift to the world it is God’s gift to humanity. – George W. Bush

The thing that’s wrong with the French is that they don’t have a word for entrepreneur – George W. Bush

Any government that supports, protects or harbors terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes. – George W. Bush

Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation’s promise through civility, courage, compassion and character. – George W. Bush

America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world, and no one will keep that light from shining. – George W. Bush

They call our language the mother tongue because the father seldom gets to speak. – George W. Bush

It says something about our country that people around the world are willing to leave their homes and leave their families and risk everything to come to America. Their talent and hard work and love of freedom have helped make America the leader of the world. And our generation will ensure that America remains a beacon of liberty and the most hope fill society this world has ever known. – George W. Bush

What you do is as important as anything government does. I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort; to defend needed reforms against easy attacks; to serve your nation, beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens, building communities of service and a nation of character. – George W. Bush

A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it. – George W. Bush

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

Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. – George W. Bush

We ought to make the pie higher. – George W. Bush

I always jest to people, the Oval Office is the kind of place where people stand outside, they’re getting ready to come in and tell me what for, and they walk in and get overwhelmed in the atmosphere, and they say, man, you’re looking pretty. – George W. Bush

Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended. – George W. Bush

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together. – George W. Bush

It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it. – George W. Bush

I think war is a dangerous place. – George W. Bush

Thank you, your Holiness. Awesome speech. – George W. Bush

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world. Thank you. Good night, and God bless America. – George W. Bush

I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now watch this drive. – George W. Bush

I heard somebody say, ‘Where’s (Nelson) Mandela?’ Well, Mandela’s dead. Because Saddam killed all the Mandelas. –George W. Bush, on the former South African president, who is still very much alive, Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2007 – George W. Bush

It’s important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It’s not only life of babies, but it’s life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet. – George W. Bush

I can press when there needs to be pressed; I can hold hands when there needs to be – hold hands. – George W. Bush

I want everybody to hear loud and clear that I’m going to be the president of everybody. – George W. Bush

Wine is like beer except different. – George W. Bush

The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th. – George W. Bush

I believe that God has planted in every heart the desire to live in freedom. – George W. Bush

Faith crosses every border and touches every heart in every nation. – George W. Bush

Great tragedy has come to us, and we are meeting it with the best that is in our country, with courage and concern for others because this is America. This is who we are. – George W. Bush

I’m hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure. – George W. Bush

Will the highways on the Internet become more few? – George W. Bush

I understand small business growth. I was one. – George W. Bush

Libraries promote the sharing of knowledge, connecting people of all ages with valuable information resources. These dynamic and modern institutions, and the librarians who staff them, add immeasurably to our quality of life. – George W. Bush

Faith gives the assurance that our lives and our history have a moral design. – George W. Bush

Free people will set the course of history. – George W. Bush

Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful. – George W. Bush

War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing. – George W. Bush

America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. – George W. Bush

Through adoption, Americans can forever change not only a child’s life but also their own. – George W. Bush

In time, perhaps, we will mark the memory of September 11th in stone and metal, something we can show children, as yet unborn, to help them understand what happened on this minute and on this day. But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we’ll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. – George W. Bush

Time is passing…yet for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. – George W. Bush

The United States and Israel have enjoyed a friendship built on mutual respect and commitment to democratic principles. Our continuing search for peace in the Middle East begins with a recognition that the ties uniting our two countries can never be broken. – George W. Bush

I am a person who looks long-term, and I recognize the path we need to take. There will be moments when people are unhappy and disgruntled with some decision-making. Nonetheless, what matters most is to reach the destination. And my job as President is to see clearly where I want to go and be steadfast in my resolve to realize that vision – George W. Bush

These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong. – George W. Bush

We salute our veterans of Pearl Harbor and World War II, whose sacrifices saved democracy during a dark hour. In their memory, a new generation of our Armed Forces goes forward against new enemies in a new era. Once again, we pledge to defend freedom, secure our homeland, and advance peace around the world. Americans have been tested before, and our Nation will triumph again. – George W. Bush

I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon. – George W. Bush

I suspected there would be a good-size crowd once the word got out about my hanging. – George W. Bush

During my senior year I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society, so secret I can’t say anything more. – George W. Bush

We are not at war with the Afghani people, and we are not at war with Islam, which most Americans respect as a religion of peace. – George W. Bush

The United States is a Christian nation founded upon Christian principles and beliefs. – George W. Bush

America rejects bigotry. We reject every act of hatred against people of Arab background or Muslim faith America values and welcomes peaceful people of all faiths – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and many others. Every faith is practiced and protected here, because we are one country. Every immigrant can be fully and equally American because we’re one country. Race and color should not divide us, because America is one country. – George W. Bush

The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country. – George W. Bush

The solid truth of the matter is, when you find – if you want to help heal the hurt, if you want to hurt people and – help people in pain, the best way to do so is to call upon the great strength of the country, which is the compassion of our fellow Americans. – George W. Bush

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we. – George W. Bush

I may be the only person, the only presidential candidate who never carried the state in which he was born. – George W. Bush

Even grief recedes with time and grace. But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day, and to whom it happened. We’ll remember the moment the news came — where we were and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire, or a story of rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever. – George W. Bush

Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn’t follow the great traditions of Islam. They’ve hijacked a great religion. – George W. Bush

I think we agree, THE PAST IS OVER. – George W. Bush

I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. – George W. Bush

One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures. – George W. Bush

One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice. – George W. Bush

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. – George W. Bush

People have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room. – George W. Bush

I know the human being and fish can co-exist peacefully. – George W. Bush

One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror. – George W. Bush

Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done. – George W. Bush

Some of the comments that have been uttered about Islam do not reflect the sentiments of my government or the sentiments of most Americans. Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others. Ours is a country based upon tolerance and we welcome people of all faiths in America. – George W. Bush

The Senate needs to leave enough money in the proposed budget to not only reduce all marginal rates, but to eliminate the death tax, so that people who build up assets are able to transfer them from one generation to the next, regardless of a person’s race. – George W. Bush

It would be helpful if we opened up ANWR. I think it’s a mistake not to. And I would urge you all to travel up there and take a look at it, and you can make the determination as to how beautiful that country is. – George W. Bush

I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace. – George W. Bush

After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers. – George W. Bush

If you’re sick and tired of the politics of cynicism and polls and principles, come and join this campaign. – George W. Bush

I think you can judge from somebody’s actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there’s a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve. – George W. Bush

Only a liberal senator from Massachusetts would say that a 49 percent increase in funding for education was not enough. – George W. Bush

Free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don’t attack each other. Free nations don’t develop weapons of mass destruction. – George W. Bush

America is the land of the second chance – and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life. – George W. Bush

Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. – George W. Bush

The financial crisis should not become an excuse to raise taxes, which would only undermine the economic growth required to regain our strength. – George W. Bush

To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States. – George W. Bush

On September 11 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the Earth. We resolved then, and we are resolved today, to confront every threat from any source that could bring sudden terror and suffering to America. – George W. Bush

We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and Freedom will prevail. – George W. Bush

America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud. – George W. Bush

America is a Nation with a mission – and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace – a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman. – George W. Bush

We will stand up for our friends in the world. And one of the most important friends is the State of Israel. My administration will be steadfast in support Israel against terrorism and violence, and in seeking the peace for which all Israelis pray. – George W. Bush

I have written a book. This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn’t think I could read, much less write. – George W. Bush

So, I’m lying on the couch and Laura walks in and I say, ‘Free at last,’ and she says ‘You’re free all right, you’re free to do the dishes.’ So I say, ‘You’re talking to the former president, baby,’ and she said, ‘consider this your new domestic policy agenda.’ – George W. Bush

I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch. – George W. Bush

For all who love freedom and peace, the world without Saddam Hussein’s regime is a better and safer place. – George W. Bush

The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. – George W. Bush

You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. – George W. Bush

I would like to be remembered as a guy who had a set of priorities and was willing to live by those priorities. In terms of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment is that I kept the country safe amidst a real danger. – George W. Bush

The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war. – George W. Bush

I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American. Iraqis will write their own history and find their own way. – George W. Bush

Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods. – George W. Bush

The men and women of Afghanistan are building a nation that is free, and proud, and fighting terror – and America is honored to be their friend. – George W. Bush

I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight. I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor. You’re not going to see me giving my opinions in the public arena, until I start selling my book. I’m going to emerge then submerge. – George W. Bush

We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them. – George W. Bush

For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible – and no one can now doubt the word of America. – George W. Bush

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test. – George W. Bush

One of my proudest moments is I didn’t sell my soul for the sake of popularity. – George W. Bush

Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called ‘walking.’ – George W. Bush

The terrorists are fighting freedom with all their cunning and cruelty because freedom is their greatest fear – and they should be afraid, because freedom is on the march. – George W. Bush

The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them. – George W. Bush

The United States prefers that Iraq meet its obligations voluntarily, yet we are prepared for the alternative. – George W. Bush

Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people. – George W. Bush

No one was more shocked or angry than I was when we didn’t find the weapons. I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do. – George W. Bush

It’s going to be the year of the sharp elbow and the quick tongue. – George W. Bush

We can’t allow the world’s worst leaders to blackmail, threaten, hold freedom-loving nations hostage with the world’s worst weapons. – George W. Bush

I told you I’m not going to criticize my successor. I’ll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don’t believe that persuasion isn’t going to work. Therapy isn’t going to cause terrorists to change their mind. – George W. Bush

The United States of America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins. The killers will fail, and the Iraqi people will live in freedom. – George W. Bush

It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas. – George W. Bush

The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake, we will show the world that we will pass the test. – George W. Bush

States should have the right to enact laws… particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live. – George W. Bush

I know it’s going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we’re in. You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money. – George W. Bush

Now, there are some who would like to rewrite history – revisionist historians is what I like to call them. – George W. Bush

The United States and our allies are determined: we refuse to live in the shadow of this ultimate danger. – George W. Bush

Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States. – George W. Bush

I want to thank you for taking time out of your day to come and witness my hanging. – George W. Bush

I will never relent in defending America – whatever it takes. – George W. Bush

The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable – and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true. – George W. Bush

The action we take and the decisions we make in this decade will have consequences far into this century. If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch. – George W. Bush

Look, when you’re the president, there’s all kinds of things said about us. I mean, it’s just the nature of the job. – George W. Bush

You can’t put democracy and freedom back into a box. – George W. Bush

Do I think faith will be an important part of being a good president? Yes, I do. – George W. Bush

The wisest use of American strength is to advance freedom. – George W. Bush

People forget… that we structured it so that the government, or the people, would be repaid with a really good rate of return. And as it turns out, that aspect of TARP, that’s what happened. – George W. Bush

This was not an act of terrorism, but it was an act of war. – George W. Bush

I think we ought to raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun. – George W. Bush

So, for example, a country was into recession right after I was sworn in, a dot-com bust had taken place. Then the attacks of September the 11th, and then of course the great financial meltdown in the -the fundamental question facing any presidency is how do you deal with the hand you’re dealt? – George W. Bush

We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace. We know that oppressive governments support terror, while free governments fight the terrorists in their midst. We know that free peoples embrace progress and life, instead of becoming the recruits for murderous ideologies. – George W. Bush

I believe a marriage is between a man and a woman. – George W. Bush

There’s no bigger task than protecting the homeland of our country. – George W. Bush

Saddam Hussein is a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction. – George W. Bush

America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people. – George W. Bush

We’ve climbed the mighty mountain. I see the valley below, and it’s a valley of peace. – George W. Bush

Our Nation must defend the sanctity of marriage. – George W. Bush

The true history of my administration will be written 50 years from now, and you and I will not be around to see it. – George W. Bush

We cannot let terrorists hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile. – George W. Bush

The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants. – George W. Bush

The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States – and war is what they got. – George W. Bush

Americans are rising to the tasks of history, and they expect the same of us. – George W. Bush

We don’t believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans. – George W. Bush

The legislature’s job is to write law. It’s the executive branch’s job to interpret law. – George W. Bush

Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver. – George W. Bush

With those attacks, the terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States. And war is what they got. – George W. Bush

I just didn’t want to get out there anymore; I didn’t want to get back into what I call ‘the swamp.’ And the other reason why is I don’t think it’s good for the presidency for a former president to be opining about his successor. President Obama’s got plenty of critics – and I’m just not gonna be one. – George W. Bush

We will build new ships to carry man forward into the universe, to gain a new foothold on the moon and to prepare for new journeys to the worlds beyond our own. – George W. Bush

Hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure. – George W. Bush

And what’s interesting, and I don’t think a lot of Americans understand this fact, is that, one, most new jobs are created by small businesses; two, most small businesses pay tax at the individual income tax, or many small businesses pay tax there. – George W. Bush

I believe in the transformational power of liberty. I believe that the free Iraq is in this nation’s interests. I believe a free Afghanistan is in this nation’s interest. – George W. Bush

People make suggestions on what to say all the time. I’ll give you an example; I don’t read what’s handed to me. People say, ‘Here, here’s your speech, or here’s an idea for a speech.’ They’re changed. Trust me. – George W. Bush

And the cornerstone of my economic policies, when I first got elected, was cutting taxes on everybody on who paid taxes. – George W. Bush

Senator Kerry has been in Washington long enough to take both sides on just about every issue. – George W. Bush

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well. – George W. Bush

America is a friend to the people of Iraq. Our demands are directed only at the regime that enslaves them and threatens us. When these demands are met, the first and greatest benefit will come to Iraqi men, women and children. – George W. Bush

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