113+ Best Inspirational Quotes by US Presidents For Timeless Wisdom

It has been a long and successful journey of both The Presidents of the United State and presidential democracy. Greatest quotes by presidents will provide the insight and motivation you need to move forward no matter how hard the challenges might be and regardless of what is going on in your life.

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Top 10 Quotes by Presidents

Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses. ― George Washington

To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do. ― John Adams

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ― John Quincy Adams

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company. ― George Washington

We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage. ― Teddy Roosevelt

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ― Thomas Jefferson

It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future. ― James Monroe

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. ― Andrew Jackson

All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess. ― Martin Van Buren

The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. ― James Madison

Most Famous Quotes From Presidents

The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph. ― George Washington

You will ever remember that all the end of study is to make you a good man and a useful citizen. ― John Adams

Honesty is the first chapter of the book wisdom. ― Thomas Jefferson

The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money. ― James Madison

wise quotes from United States presidents

On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock. ― Thomas Jefferson

If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. ― James Madison

Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error. ― Andrew Jackson

A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue ― James Monroe

timeless quotes from American presidents

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t. ― Martin Van Buren

When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred. ― Thomas Jefferson

I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free. ― William Henry Harrison

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. ― Barack Obama

quotes about presidency by former presidents

Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear, and obstacles vanish into air. ― John Quincy Adams

Times change, and we change with them. ― William Henry Harrison

Try and fail, but don’t fail to try. ― John Quincy Adams

I can never consent to being dictated to. ― John Tyler

profound quotes from American presidents

One man with courage makes a majority. ― Andrew Jackson

The gratitude … should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy. ― James K. Polk

I have always done my duty. I am ready to die. My only regret is for the friends I leave behind me. ― Zachary Taylor

Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality. ― John Tyler

powerful quotes by presidents

There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power. ― William Henry Harrison

An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory. ― Millard Fillmore

It is not strange… to mistake change for progress ― Millard Fillmore

While men inhabiting different parts of this vast continent cannot be expected to hold the same opinions, they can unite in a common objective and sustain common principles. ― Franklin Pierce

motivational quotes from presidents

May the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country’s peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family. ― James Polk

You don’t know what you can miss before you try. ― Franklin Pierce

The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. ― James Buchanan

I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards. ― Abraham Lincoln

inspiring quotes from presidents

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. ― Abraham Lincoln

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. ― Abraham Lincoln

If you always support the correct principles, then you will never get the wrong results! ― Andrew Johnson

In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins. ― Ulysses S. Grant

iconic quotes from American presidents

Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today. ― Abraham Lincoln

It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe. ― Zachary Taylor

Whatever you are, be a good one. ― Abraham Lincoln

Every expert was once a beginner. ― Rutherford B. Hayes

famous quotes from legendary presidents

Right reason is stronger than force. ― James A. Garfield

The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution. ― Franklin Pierce

There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the wheel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. They teach the truth by living it. ― James Garfield

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ― Abraham Lincoln

famous presidential quotes

Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it. ― Chester A. Arthur

If wrinkles must be written on our brow, let them not be written on our heart. The spirit should never grow old. ― James Garfield

It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to run by committing subterfuge. ― Grover Cleveland

A long visit to a friend is often a great bore. Never make people twice glad. ― James Buchanan

best presidential quotes

Great lives never go out; they go on. ― Benjamin Harrison

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. ― Abraham Lincoln

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. ― Theodore Roosevelt

Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement. ― Grover Cleveland

best known presidential quotes

Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide. ― Ulysses S. Grant

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ― Theodore Roosevelt

In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest. ― William McKinley

Be patient and calm; no one can catch a fish with anger. ― Herbert Hoover

Best Known Presidential Quotes To Change Your Life

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. ― Theodore Roosevelt

For honest merit to succeed amid the tricks and intrigues which are now so lamentably common, I know is difficult; but the honor of success is increased by the obstacles which are to be surmounted. Let me triumph as a man or not at all. ― Rutherford B. Hayes

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism. ― Herbert Hoover

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

The object of love is to serve, not to win. ― Woodrow Wilson

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight- it’s the size of the fight in the dog. ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

There’s good in everybody. Boost. Don’t knock. ― Warren G. Harding

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. ― Grover Cleveland

Never question another man’s motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives. ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you. ― Calvin Coolidge

It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ― Harry S. Truman

I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process. ― Benjamin Harrison

Never waste a minute thinking about people you don’t like. ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood. ― William Taft

The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity. ― John F. Kennedy

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ― Harry S. Truman

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. ― John F. Kennedy

Pessimism never won any battle. ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles. ― William McKinley

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat. ― Woodrow Wilson

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality. ― John F. Kennedy

One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. ― John F. Kennedy

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. ― John F. Kennedy

America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality. ― Warren G. Harding

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. ― John F. Kennedy

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. ― Jimmy Carter

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. ― Lyndon B. Johnson

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb … Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. ― Calvin Coolidge

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God. ― Ronald Reagan

Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. ― Richard M. Nixon

Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war. ― Herbert Hoover

I have opinions of my own – strong opinions – but I don’t always agree with them. ― George H.W. Bush

Never be satisfied with less than your very best effort. If you strive for the top and miss, you’ll still ‘beat the pack.’ ― Gerald R. Ford

A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens – citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization. ― George H.W. Bush

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. ― Jimmy Carter

Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more. ― Bill Clinton

Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer. ― Ronald Reagan

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. ― Harry S. Truman

When our memories outweigh our dreams, it is then that we become old. ― Bill Clinton

No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit. ― George H. W. Bush

There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again. George W. Bush

If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit. ― Bill Clinton

Neither a wise man or a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. ― Dwight Eisenhower

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress ― Barack Obama

A leadership is someone who brings people together. ― George W. Bush

The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope. ― Barack Obama

Without passion you don’t have energy, without energy you have nothing. ― Donald Trump

Yes, We Can! ― Barack Obama

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