U.S. President Quotes about Leadership

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President Quotes about Leadership

John Quincy Adams

“Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” ― John Quincy Adams

Dwight D. Eisenhower

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight- it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Thomas Jefferson

  • “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

Lyndon Johnson

  • “A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” ~ Lyndon Johnson

John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)

  • “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”  ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.” ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.”  ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “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
  • “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”  ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” ~ John F. Kennedy
  • “Mankind must put an end to war — or war will put an end to mankind. ” ~ John F. Kennedy

Abraham Lincoln

  • “I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • “Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Richard Nixon

“The greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes when you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes; because only if you’ve been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain… Always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember: Others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win, unless you hate them. And then, you destroy yourself.” ~ Richard Nixon

Ronald Reagan

  • “We the people tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us.” ~ Ronald Reagan
  • “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.” ~ Ronald Reagan

Franklin D. Roosevelt  (1882–1945)

  • “Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “So, 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. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. ” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”  ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

  • “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”  ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  • “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt.

Harry S. Truman

“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ~ Harry S. Truman

“The buck stops here.” ~ Harry S. Truman

George Washington

  • “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses.” ― George Washington (1732–1799)

Woodrow Wilson

  • “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.” ~ Woodrow Wilson 
  • “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” ~ Woodrow Wilson
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