The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I'd add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.

— George H. W. Bush

The most provocative George H. W. Bush quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world.

80

The defense budget is more than a piggy bank for people who want to get busy beating swords into pork barrels.

49

The world can therefore seize the opportunity (the Persian Gulf crisis) to fulfill the long held promise of a New World Order where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind.

48

Real improvement in our schools is not simply a matter of spending more, it is a matter of expecting more.

48

Any definition of a successful life must include service to others.

47

In crucial things, unity. In important things, diversity. In ALL things, generosity.

35

Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education.

31

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.

31

We don't want an America that is closed to the world.

What we want is a world that is open to America.

29

Freedom and the power to choose should not be the privilege of wealth.

They are the birthright of every American.

29

Let the shameful walls of exclusion finally come tumbling down.

24

Know what you're talking about.

23

About George H. W. Bush

Quotes 207 sayings
Nationality American
Profession President
Birthday October 16

We need an independent media to hold people like me to account.

23

Our stewardship of the Earth is brief.

We owe it to those who follow to keep that in perspective, to be responsible passengers along the way.

22

This is a fact: Strength in the pursuit of peace is no vice;

isolation in the pursuit of security is no virtue.

21

I'm going to be so much better a president for having been at the CIA that you're not going to believe it.

21

There is a God and He is good, and his love, while free, has a self imposed cost: We must be good to one another.

19

We are a nation of communities... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.

19

People say I'm indecisive, but I don't know about that.

19

No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.

18

We ought to increase legal immigration for our country's advantage.

The high-tech world we are now dominating is dependent on educated folks, but we're short...of workers. It is to our nation's advantage to encourage high-powered, smart people to come into our country.

18

I'm President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli!

16

We have ...drawn a line in the sand.

16

There are truckloads of broccoli at this very minute descending on Washington.

My family is divided. For the broccoli vote out there: Barbara loves broccoli. She has tried to make me eat it. She eats it all the time herself. So she can go out and meet the caravan of broccoli that's coming in.

14

We join Armenians around the world as we remember the terrible massacres suffered in 1915-1923 at the hands of the rulers of the Ottoman Empire. The United States responded to this crime against humanity by leading diplomatic and private relief efforts.

12

A good country song taps into strong undercurrents of family, faith, and patriotism.

12

International exchanges are not a great tide to sweep away all differences, but they will slowly wear away at the obstacles to peace as surely as water wears away a hard stone.

12

Law enforcement officials cannot place themselves above the law that they are sworn to defend.

12

We can find meaning and reward by serving some higher purpose than ourselves, a shining purpose, the illumination of a Thousand Points of Light...We all have something to give.

11

We have had triumphs, we have made mistakes, we have had sex.

11

I remember when I was shot down in that war.

I remember how terrified I was. And it made me feel close to my family, and to God, and to life, and I was scared.

11

We consider it vital that the community of nations be drawn together in an orderly, disciplined, rational way to review the history of our global environment, to assess the potential for future climate change, and to develop effective programs.

10

May God bless those who died and bless their families. With regards, George Bush.

10

It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another.

9

We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account.

We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves his home, his neighborhood and town better than he found it.

9

Whoever says Americas best days are behind it are looking the wrong direction.

9

We are not the sum of our possessions.

8

To those men and women in business, remember the ultimate end of your work: to make a better product, to create better lives. I ask you to plan for the longer term and avoid that temptation of quick and easy paper profits.

8

No president can easily commit our sons and daughters to war.

8

I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it.

7

The American way of life is not negotiable.

6

And so, as they climb the ladder of achievement, I'd simply say, remember what Barbara Bush told those girls at Wellesley: "What happens in your house is more important than what happens in the White House."

6

Fluency in English is something that I'm often not accused of.

6

It is possible to tell things by a handshake.

I like the "looking in the eye" syndrome. It conveys interest. I like the firm, though not bone crushing shake. The bone crusher is trying too hard to "macho it." The clammy or diffident handshake - fairly or unfairly - get me off to a bad start with a person.

6

The thing I miss about Air Force One is they don't lose my luggage.

5

By the year 2000, all Americans must be able to set the clocks on their VCRs.

5

The rigidity of those pledges is something I don’t like.

The circumstances change and you can’t be wedded to some formula by Grover Norquist. It’s—who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?

5

I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of [CIA] sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors.

5

As for me, tough duty though it may be, I continue to do my part for the commercial recreation industry. Fishing, boating, tennis, golf, running, hunting, and all of this. Horseshoes. It's tough duty. Somebody has to do it, and I'm going to keep on.

5
famous quotes