1. George Washington (1789-1797)
Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation
for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.
2. John Adams (1797-1801)
All great changes are irksome to the human mind, especially those which are
attended with great dangers and uncertain effects.
3. Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who
believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
4. James Madison (1809-1817)
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of people
by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden
usurpations. Speech in the Virginia Convention – June 16, 1788
5. James Monroe (1817-1825)
National honor is national property of the highest value.
6. John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)
Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity!
7. Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
Our Federal Union: it must be preserved. ~ Toast given on the Jefferson Birthday
8. Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.
9. William Henry Harrison (1841)
A decent and manly examination of the acts of Government should be not only
tolerated, but encouraged. ~ Inaugural Address
10. John Tyler (1841-1845)
Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of
11. James Polk (1845-1849)
With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses.
12. Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)
It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe.
13. Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)
The man who can look upon a crisis without being willing to offer himself upon
the altar of his country is not for public trust.
14. Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
We have nothing in our history or position to invite aggression; we have
everything to beckon us to the cultivation of relations of peace and amity with
15. James Buchanan (1857-1861)
The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among freemen.
16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
17. Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.
18. Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)
Let us have peace. ~ Accepting a nomination for the Presidency
19. Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
He serves his party best who serves the country best.
20. James Garfield (1881)
Fellow-citizens! God reigns, and the Government at Washington still lives! ~
Speech on Assassination of Lincoln
21. Chester Alan Arthur (1881-1885)
Men may die, but the fabrics of our free institutions remain unshaken. ~
Sept. 22, 1881
22. Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)
I have tried so hard to do the right. ~ Last Words
23. Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
Lincoln had faith in time, and time has justified his faith.
24. Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)
Above all, tell the truth.
25. William McKinley (1897-1901)
In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.
26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be
given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less
than that no man shall have.
27. William H. Taft (1909-1913)
Politics, when I am in it, makes me sick.
28. Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)
We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers.
29. Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)
Ambition is a commendable attribute without which no man succeeds. Only
inconsiderate ambition imperils.
30. Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
I love Vermont because of her hills and valleys, her scenery and invigorating
climate, but most of all because of her indomitable people.
31. Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
Peace is not made at the Council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. ~ First Inaugural Address
33. Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)
The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in
the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.
35. John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)
And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what
you can do for your country.
36. Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)
A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is
37. Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)
I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would like to
have ended up a sports writer.
38. Gerald Ford (1974-1977)
Truth is the glue that holds governments together. Compromise is the oil that
makes governments go.
39. Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our
democratic system is worthy of emulation.
40. Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around. And that makes
us special among the nations of the earth.
41. George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)
I want a kinder, gentler nation.
42. Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them,
you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects
you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.
43. George W. Bush (2001-2008 )
Recognizing and confronting our history is important. Transcending our history
is essential. We are not limited by what we have done, or what we have left
undone. We are limited only by what we are willing to do.