Famous Quotes from U.S. Presidents

By: Nathan Chandler
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About This Quiz

They have one of the biggest soapboxes imaginable, making their words instantly part of world history. How much do you know about famous quotes from U.S. presidents?

"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."

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

"When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly."

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence."

"An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory."

"Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles."

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

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

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

"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."

"System in all things is the soul of business."

"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."

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

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

"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."

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

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

"Piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose."

"Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide."

"No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar."

"The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep."

"When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred."

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

"The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave."

"Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action."

“A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.”

"The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty."

"Good ball players make good citizens."

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on."

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

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