Humanities › Literature Famous Presidential Quotes From America's Leaders Share Flipboard Email Print SuperStock/Getty Images Literature Quotations Funny Quotes Love Quotes Great Lines from Movies and Television Quotations For Holidays Best Sellers Classic Literature Plays & Drama Poetry Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Simran Khurana Education Expert M.B.A, Human Resource Development and Management, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management Studies B.S., University of Mumbai, Commerce, Accounting, and Finance Simran Khurana is the Editor-in-Chief for ReachIvy, and a teacher and freelance writer and editor, who uses quotations in her pedagogy. our editorial process Simran Khurana Updated October 04, 2019 In the line of 45 U.S. presidents, there have been highs and lows. For some, history has been kind; for others, the stories in textbooks are complicated. Nevertheless, it has been a long and successful journey of presidential democracy. Here is a collection of famous presidential quotes that will inspire you. Andrew Jackson: "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." William Henry Harrison: "There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power." Abraham Lincoln: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it." Ulysses S. Grant: "Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor." Rutherford B. Hayes: "One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals." Benjamin Harrison: "Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately houses, or products of the mill or field are our country? It is a spiritual thought that is in our minds." William McKinley: "The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation." Theodore Roosevelt: "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life, we get nothing save by effort." William H. Taft: "Don't write so that you can be understood; write so that you can't be misunderstood." Woodrow Wilson: "No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation." Warren G. Harding: "I don't know much about Americanism, but it's a damn good word with which to carry an election." Calvin Coolidge: "Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery." Herbert Hoover: "America—a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose." Franklin D. Roosevelt: "The only thing we have to fear is...fear itself." Dwight D. Eisenhower: "When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were—to the very last minute—a chance to lose it." John F. Kennedy: "Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions." Lyndon B. Johnson: "For this is what America is all about: It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground." Richard Nixon: "A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits." Jimmy Carter: "Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease." Bill Clinton: "We must teach our children to resolve their conflicts with words, not weapons."