Presidential quotes, past & present

Presidential quotes give us a glimpse in time into the minds of the most powerful men in the world. We are always intrigued by the words of famous people, but more so when it is our President.

Some of these Presidential quotations will take you back in time. Some will make you proud--others will make you laugh. Some will take you back to a time when America was much different than today.

With hindsight we can truly appreciate how powerful and insightful these statements really are.

Whether you want to study a little history or just take pride in our history, I think you will keep coming back to this page to re-read these historic Presidential quotes.


Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill,

That we shall pay any price, bear any burden,

meet any hardship, Support any friend,

oppose any foe in order to assure

the survival and the success of liberty.

John F. Kennedy

Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961


One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln

freed the slaves,

yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free.

They are not yet free from the bonds of injustice:

they are not yet freed from social and economic oppression.

And this nation, for all its hopes and boasts,

will not be fully free until all its citizens are free….

John F. Kennedy

Radio & TV address, June 11, 1963


To strike the chains of a slave is noble.

To leave him the captive of the color of his skin is hypocrisy.

While we in America have freed the slave of his chains,

we have not freed his heirs of their color.

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race,

until opportunity ceases to squint its eyes at pigmentation of human complexions,

emancipation will be a proclamation –but it will not be a fact….

Lyndon B. Johnson

Address at Wayne State Univ. Jan. 6, 1963


Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth

upon this continent a new nation,

conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that

all men are created equal.

Abraham Lincoln

Gettysburg Address Nov. 19, 1863



The only thing we have to fear is fear itself----

nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror

which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

First Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1933


Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and,

if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable…

the arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume

we will, in defiance of every hazard,

with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the

preservation of our liberties; being of one mind

resolved to die free men rather than live slaves.

Thomas Jefferson

Declaration of the Causes Taking Up Arms July 6, 1775


The wisest thing to do with a fool is to encourage

him to hire a hall and discourse to his fellow-citizens.

Nothing chills nonsense like exposure to the air.

Woodrow Wilson



Although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very

good thing;

We never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it

by being a slave himself.

Abraham Lincoln

July 1, 1854


If you want to look & feel Presidential--then you got to

have on nice shoes..If the shoe fits---go for it.

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It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get where we are today,

But we have just begun.

Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that

the world we leave our children is just a little better

than the one we inhabit today.

Barack Obama


I know my country has not perfected itself.

At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and

equality for all of our people.

We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times

when our actions around the world

have not lived up to our best intentions.

Barack Obama


"I guess it's OK to call the secretary of education here 'buddy.'

That means friend."

George W. Bush

Philadelphia, Jan. 8, 2009


"The ambassador and the general were briefing me on the--

the vast majority of Iraqis want to live in a peaceful, free world.

And we will find these people and we will bring them to justice."

George W. Bush

Washington, D.C., Oct. 27, 2003



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