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Newsmax's Most Memorable Presidential Quotes of All Time

Newsmax's Most Memorable Presidential Quotes of All Time
Ronald Reagan:“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.” (DON RYPKA/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 03 April 2020 10:16 AM

The American colonists broke away from England out of a desire to be independent and to attain the basic rights and liberties denied them under King George III. Benjamin Franklin, a founder, though not a president, cautioned future generations, "Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Franklin is a source of many great quotes that have survived since the founding of our country and here Newsmax has put together as list of some of the most memorable quotes from each one of our presidents.

George Washington: “In the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”

John Adams: “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

Thomas Jefferson: “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

James Madison: “Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression.”

James Monroe: "If we look to the history of other nations, ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid, so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy."

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

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

Martin Van Buren: "As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it." 

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.”

John Tyler: “Everything dependent on human action is liable to abuse."

James Polk: "I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign." 

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

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

Franklin Pierce: "The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded."

James Buchanan: "The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among freemen." 

Also, (to Lincoln): “If you are as happy entering the presidency as I am in leaving it, then you are truly a happy man.” (see also Van Buren and Polk)

Abraham Lincoln: “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”

Andrew Johnson: “Whenever you hear a man prating about the Constitution, spot him as a traitor.”

Ulysses S. Grant: “Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.”

Rutherford B. Hayes: “He serves his party best who serves the country best.”

James A. Garfield: “If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.”

“All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.”

Chester A. Arthur: "The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it."

Grover Cleveland: “Communism is a hateful thing, and a menace to peace and organized government.”

Benjamin Harrison: “We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.”

William McKinley: “The people of this country want an industrial policy that is for America and Americans.”

Theodore Roosevelt: “Speak softly but carry a large stick.”

“There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

William Howard Taft: “We have a government of limited power under the Constitution, and we have got to work out our problems on the basis of law.”

Woodrow Wilson: “There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put in one word. One cannot pay the price of self-respect.”

Warren G. Harding: “It is my conviction that the fundamental trouble with the people of the United States is that they have gotten too far away from Almighty God.”

"Less government in business and more business in government."

Calvin Coolidge: “The chief business of the American people is business.”

“The business of America is business.”

Herbert Hoover: “Honest differences of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy making among free men.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt: “The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”

Harry S. Truman: “The buck stops here.”

“No young man should go into politics if he wants to get rich or if he expects an adequate reward for his services. An honest public servant can’t become rich in politics. He can only attain greatness and satisfaction by service.”

“Whenever you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower: “Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.”

“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field.”

John F. Kennedy: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

“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 to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

Lyndon B. Johnson: “There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.”

Richard M. Nixon: “A man is not finished when he's defeated; he's finished when he quits.”

Gerald R. Ford: “I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember.”

Jimmy Carter: “We cannot be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's leading supplier of the weapons of war.”

Ronald Reagan: “We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

“Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15.”

“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

George H.W. Bush: “We know what works: Freedom works. We know what's right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state.”

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

"I may not have been the greatest president, but I've had the most fun eight years."

George W. Bush: “Everywhere that freedom stirs, tyrants fear.”

“Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.”

Barack H. Obama: “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America -- there's the United States of America.”

Donald J. Trump: “You have to think anyway, so why not think big?”

“Today, as we stand together upon this sacred Earth, we pledge that our nations will forever be strong and united.  We will forever be together.  Our people will forever be bold.  Our hearts will forever be loyal.  And our children, and their children, will forever and always be free.” (On the 75th anniversary of D-Day)

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Newsmax has put together as list of some of the most memorable quotes from each one of our presidents.
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