Greatest U.S. Presidential Quotes

There have been at least 44 U.S presidents. Not every American president was a perfect leader, but a majority of them were highly effective orators. As a matter of fact, there has been at least one great quote from each of the presidents. Unfortunately, some quotes are better than others and there is not enough space to list them all. This compilation features 15 of the greatest U.S. presidential quotes. Which quote is your favorite?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson

“First of all, let me assert my firm belief that 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 (FDR)

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln

“Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world.” Woodrow Wilson

“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 success of liberty.” John F. Kennedy (JFK)

“Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.” Ronald Reagan

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” Abraham Lincoln

“We can have no 50-50 allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.” Theodore Roosevelt

“Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.” Lyndon B. Johnson

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.” Thomas Jefferson

“All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.”
Harry Truman

“When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web... Now even my cat has its own page.” Bill Clinton

“I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.” Barack Obama

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge truths and falsehoods is a nation that is afraid of its people.” John F. Kennedy (JFK)

“I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.” Theodore Roosevelt