17 presidential quotes to remember on this Presidents’ Day

Today on the 17th of February we celebrate not only the upcoming birthday of our first President George Washington (he’d have been 288 on Saturday), but all who have served our great nation as its leader. In honor of our former Presidents, here are 17 quotes about life, liberty, and one about not eating broccoli…

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.” – Ronald Reagan

“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.” – Barack Obama

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms.” – Andrew Jackson

“Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.” – George W. Bush

“One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.” – Woodrow Wilson

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams

“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” – George H. W. Bush

“A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.” – Grover Cleveland

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another – until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.” – Richard M. Nixon

“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.” – William J. Clinton

“The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.” – Jimmy Carter

“The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among free men.” – James Buchanan

“If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.” – Abraham Lincoln

“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

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