President George Washington died in 1799. Many celebrated his life on his birthday in February. Years later, Washington’s birthday became a federal holiday. Still later, Washington’s Birthday was replaced with President’s Day.
This year, most of the United States is endlessly focused on the current race for the highest office. Since we find these words splashed in the headlines, I thought it would be of interest to see some of the words spoken years ago.
44 Quotes from the 43 Presidents
Read that headline again. It’s true. We count Grover Cleveland twice because he was elected at two different times.
Here is a quote from each president in honor of the holiday:
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” –George Washington
“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” –John Adams
“The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money.” –James Madison
“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.” –James Monroe
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams
“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” –Andrew Jackson
“As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.” –Martin Van Buren
“But I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.” –William Henry Harrison