Presidents' Day - Celebrate Quotes that Ring True


Yay! It's Monday off to celebrate Presidents' Day! What to do first... sleep in? Take a long walk in the scarily but fantastically warm weather? Yes, absolutely! But first, take a few to celebrate the wisdom in presidents' quotes.

There are so many, but we've picked quotes that speak to us. With truth. With dignity.

Presidents' quotes that ring true for us:

Abraham Lincoln

How can we not start with Abe? He seems to embody quiet wisdom.

The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
— Abraham Lincoln
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?
— Abraham Lincoln

Teddy Roosevelt

Here's one for our teacher friends:

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
— Teddy Roosevelt

Several for all of us:

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
— Teddy Roosevelt
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
— Teddy Roosevelt
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
— Teddy Roosevelt

And a couple that sounds like they could come from your mama! :)

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.
— Teddy Roosevelt
Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
— Teddy Roosevelt


President's quotes that feel particularly timely:

We are trying to construct a more inclusive society. We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.
There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

And more timely quotes:

You don’t lead by hitting people over the head - that’s assault, not leadership.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
— Dwight D. Eisenhower

We leave ourselves, you too, with words from which we take strength and comfort when we reach back to find the wisdom and direction cloaked in well-chosen words by a president history remembers as a true leader.

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
— Abe Lincoln

Take it! Create it! Run with it! You've got this!