Famous Quotes From America's Legendary Presidents

John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

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Of the 44 American presidents, some shone brighter than others. Some went down in history for their indiscretions. Nevertheless, it has been a long and successful journey of presidential democracy. Here is a collection of famous presidential quotes that will inspire you. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt
"The only thing to fear is, fear itself."

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."

Herbert Hoover
"America—a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose."

George H. W. Bush
"Read my lips. No new taxes."

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."

Woodrow Wilson
"No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation."

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."

Abraham Lincoln
"Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it."

Warren Gamaliel Harding
"I don't know much about Americanism, but it's a damn good word with which to carry an election."

Ulysses S. Grant
"Labor disgraces no man, but occasionally men disgrace labor."

Millard Fillmore
"God knows that I detest slavery, but it is an existing evil, for which we are not responsible, and we must endure it, till we can get rid of it without destroying the last hope of free government in the world."

George Washington
"It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors."

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."

William McKinley, Jr.
"The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation."

Ronald Reagan
"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away."

Richard Nixon
"A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits."

Calvin Coolidge
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."

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

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."

Jimmy Carter
"Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease."

Lyndon 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."

William H. Taft
"Don't write so that you can be understood; write so that you can't be misunderstood."

Rutherford Birchard Hayes
"One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals."

Bill Clinton
"We must teach our children to resolve their conflicts with words, not weapons."

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."