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The Most Famous Presidency Quotes (Best in 2024)

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With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency is no bed of roses. — James K. Polk

In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem. — George Carlin

The office of president is a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit. — Jimmy Breslin

No man can well doubt the propriety of placing a president of the United States under the most solemn obligations to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution. — Joseph Story

I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damned business. — Chester A. Arthur

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. — Douglas Adams

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States — George W. Bush

The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek. — Henry Adams

I now announce myself as candidate for the Presidency. I anticipate criticism; but however unfavorable I trust that my sincerity will not be called into question. — Victoria Woodhull

When you see how the President makes political or policy decisions, you see who he is. The essence of the Presidency is decision-making. — Bob Woodward

Short Presidency Quotes

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  • When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it. — Clarence Darrow
  • Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God. — Ronald Reagan
  • A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. — Harry S Truman
  • When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal. — Richard M. Nixon
  • Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president. — Theodore Roosevelt
  • It is better to be alone than in bad company. — Unknown Author
  • A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. — Harry S. Truman
  • No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. — James K. Polk
  • In the days of Caesar, kings had fools and jesters. Now network presidents have anchormen. — Ted Koppel
  • The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children. — Nelson Mandela

Top 10 Presidency Quotes

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When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it. — Clarence Darrow

Decisions made in Washington are more important to us than those made here in Dar es-Salaam. So, maybe my people should be allowed to vote in American presidential elections. — Julius Nyerere

Trump says he wants to run for president. Why not? It wouldn't be the first time he pushed a black family out of their home. — Snoop Dogg

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God. — Ronald Reagan

A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. — Harry S Truman

On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer. — Satoru Iwata

When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal. — Richard M. Nixon

In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem. — George Carlin

I ran for the presidency, despite hopeless odds, to demonstrate the sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo. — Shirley Chisholm

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president. — Theodore Roosevelt

Presidency Image Quotes

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Presidency quote by Nelson Mandela

The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children. — Nelson Mandela

Presidency quote by Howard Baker

What did the president know, and when did he know it? — Howard Baker

Presidency quote by Jackie Kennedy

There will be great presidents again but there will never be another Camelot. — Jackie Kennedy

Presidency quote by Suzanne Collins

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor. — Suzanne Collins

Presidency quote by Clint Eastwood

President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. — Clint Eastwood

Presidency quote by Paul Begala

Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool. — Paul Begala

Presidency quote When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginni
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.

Imperial Presidency Quotes

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I really want Congress to do its job, the constitutional power that they have, to halt an imperial presidency, to halt this fundamental transformation of America that is making us an unrecognizable mess of a nation at this time. — Sarah Palin

I've always admired President Chavez for standing up to imperialism and the meddling of the American government in South America. — Cindy Sheehan

The Supreme Court must serve as an independent check on abuses by the executive branch and the protector of our liberties, not a cheerleader for an imperial presidency. — Edward Kennedy

Presidency quote In my country we go to prison first and then become President.~ Nelson Mandela
In my country we go to prison first and then become President.~ Nelson Mandela

We have entered the era of the 'imperial' former presidency with lavish libraries, special staffs and benefits, around-the-clock Secret Service protection for life and other badges of privilege. — Lawton Chiles

Mr. President, call the toady of American imperialism to order. — Nikita Khrushchev

The U.S. has become a defacto one-party state, with the legislative branch permanently controlled by an incumbent's party and every president exploiting his role as Commander-in-Chief to expand on the imperial prerogatives of his office. — Andrew Bacevich

All presidents - particularly war presidents, presidents inclined to the imperial presidency - invoke Abraham Lincoln as a justification, but they omit these three defenses of Lincoln's strong actions. Suspend habeas, blockade, increase army without congress, arrest Maryland legislators, etc. — William Lee Miller

Obama is a tyrant the same way FDR was a tyrant. He has a view of presidential power that states: the government is in control of the country, and the president is in charge of the government. He's taken an imperial view of the presidency. — David Mamet

Fundamental systemic crises are often associated with the decline of the dominant imperial power and its increasing inability to sustain the system over which it had previously presided. The profound instability of the interwar period owed much to Britain's inability to maintain its role. — Martin Jacques

You have an imperial presidency that makes Richard Nixon look like a boy scout. — Allen West

Founding Fathers Quotes

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If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking. — Benjamin Franklin

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The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government. — Edward Abbey

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. — Benjamin Franklin

When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil. — Thomas Jefferson

Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry. — Unknown Author

Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He's sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped. — Charles Stanley

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost. — Thomas Jefferson

A Brother may not be a Friend, but a Friend will always be a Brother. — Benjamin Franklin

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. — Thomas Jefferson

Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic, expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God's help, it will continue to be. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Vice Presidency Quotes

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Four years of Jimmy Carter gave us two titanic Reagan landslides, peace and prosperity for eight blessed years - and even a third term for his feckless vice president, George H.W. Bush. — Ann Coulter

I started at Pillsbury as a manager in one of their analysis functions, then worked my way up the corporate ladder to become vice president. Moving to Burger King was an important moment in my career. — Herman Cain

Mr. Vice President, I know you're under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground, but I think people would be better served if we don't keep interrupting each other. — Paul Ryan

The Vice Presidency isn't worth a pitcher of warm spit. — John Nance Garner

If the tide of defamation and abuse shall turn, and my administration come to be praised, future Vice-Presidents who may succeed to the Presidency may feel some slight encouragement to pursue an independent course. — John Tyler

I strongly agree with Vice President Gore that we cannot drill our way to energy independence, but must fast-track investments in renewable sources of energy like solar power, wind power and advanced biofuels... — Barack Obama

I remember when you could always rely on those little street kids to pop a few people for the latest Nikes," Vice-President John said. "Now people get mugged for Reeboks, for Adidas - for generics, for Christ's sake. — Max Barry

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president. — Johnny Carson

In America, any boy can grow up to become president. Or, if he never grows up, vice president. — Pat Paulsen

The office of the Vice-President is a greater honor than I ever dreamed of attaining. — Chester A. Arthur

American President Quotes

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Now back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program. — Ronald Reagan

American soldiers in battle don't fight for what some president says on T.V., they don't fight for mom, apple pie, the American flag...they fight for one another. — Hal Moore

One day we will look back and realize that the Barack Obama Presidency was the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people. — Clint Eastwood

If the Nuremberg laws were applied, then every post-war American president would have been hanged. — Noam Chomsky

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself-and possibly teh bogey man. — Pat Paulsen

I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am. — Dr. Seuss

The State of the Union may look rosy from the White House balcony or the suites of George Bush's wealthiest donors. But hardworking Americans will see through this president's efforts to wrap his radical agenda with a compassionate ribbon. — Howard Dean

No, I'm not interested in developing a powerful brain. All I'm after is just a mediocre brain, something like the President of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. — Alan Turing

We have had good and bad Presidents, and it is a consoling reflection that the American Nation possesses such elements of prosperity that the bad Presidents cannot destroy it, and have been able to do no more than slightly to retard the public's advancement. — Henry Clay

I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president - not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans. — Caroline Kennedy

Us President Quotes

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President Heber J. Grant often quoted the following statement, which is sometimes attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do-not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased.' — Heber J. Grant

Absolute freedom of the press to discuss public questions is a foundation stone of American liberty. — Herbert Hoover

Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood. — William Howard Taft

The Durham report gives us more information about what was already clear: The last President was framed for treason by his own intelligence agencies, in an attempted coup. Truly one of the craziest stories in US history. — Dave Smith

The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. What President Nixon and I tried to do was unnatural. And that is why we didn't make it. — Henry A Kissinger

Well, we've faced very difficult decisions and challenges in our country, every one of us have, as we - since September 11th, as we fought the war on terror, all of those decisions that the President had to make to put young men and women in harm's way. — Laura Bush

The last three presidents slaughtered hundreds of thousands if not millions of innocent people. They illegally spied on all US citizens. They bankrupted the greatest nation in the history of the world. None of this led to impeachment. But this phone call is the real scandal. — Dave Smith

We had 10 years after the Cold War to build a new world order and yet we squandered them. The United States cannot tolerate anyone acting independently. Every US president has to have a war. — Mikhail Gorbachev

I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core. Joe Biden won the election. — Ursula von der Leyen

Over the past five years, I've met several presidents, several secretaries of education ... and there is no plan. If you want to save your children, you're going to have to do it yourself. It's just us. — Geoffrey Canada

Presidents Day Quotes

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A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. — Harry S. Truman

We are the ones we've been waiting for. — June Jordan

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. — Ronald Reagan

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

There will be over 3,500 killed in USA today from abortion. No flags lowered, no presidents crying. No media hyperventilating. Normal day. — Matt Drudge

Presidents should do whatever possible and practical to encourage an environment of cooperation and bipartisanship. And they should maintain a certain level of decorum, diplomacy and decency. But, at the end of the day, presidents get elected to enact change. — Mark McKinnon

Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education. — George H. W. Bush

It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe. — Millard Fillmore

Donald Trump is going to put his hand on the Bible in five days. And I think it's incredibly disappointing, and I think it's irresponsible for people like himself to question the legitimacy of the next United States president. — Reince Priebus

America is best described by one word, freedom. — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Becoming President Quotes

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After the Shah's departure from Iran, I will not become a president nor accept any other leadership role. Just like before, I limit my activities only to guiding and directing the people. — Ruhollah Khomeini

Watergate had become the center of the media's universe, and during the remaining year of my presidency the media tried to force everything else to revolve around it. — Richard M. Nixon

Be assured that I did not become the Mayor of Chicago to preside over its decline. — Jane Byrne

The idea that I should become President seems to me too visionary to require a serious answer. It has never entered my head, nor is it likely to enter the head of any other person. — Zachary Taylor

People don't understand that all presidents, the minute they become president, get a knock at the door. And there's a man there saying, 'Let's talk about your funeral.' At the time I thought, God, that's a terrible thing. Later on, I thought it was pretty wise. — Nancy Reagan

Once capital becomes an idol and guides people's decisions, once greed for money presides over the entire socioeconomic system, it ruins society, it condemns and enslaves men and women, it destroys human fraternity, it sets people against one another and it even puts at risk our common home. — Pope Francis

Every president needs to deal with the permanent government of the country, and the permanent government of the country is Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats and the questions becomes what is the relationship between that president and Wall Street. — Cornel West

I have not become the Kings First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire. — Winston Churchill

Voting is no substitute for the eternal vigilance that every friend of freedom must demonstrate towards government. If our freedom is to survive, Americans must become far better informed of the dangers from Washington -- regardless of who wins the Presidency. — James Bovard

Today it is becoming harder to speak out, with the inception of the Patriot Act, the president has legislated free speech to be a crime. — Frank Serpico

Vice President Quotes

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I was at the vice president's Christmas party. I thought that his speech was spectacular, and I knew that it was a very emotional and difficult thing for him to do, but I admonished him for not waiting just one more stinking day. — Bradley Whitford

On ships they call them barnacles; in business they attach themselves to desks and are called vice presidents. — Fred Allen

My mother believed and my father believed that if I wanted to be president of the United States, I could be, I could be Vice President! — Joe Biden

We, Norton I, do hereby decree that the offices of President, Vice President, and Speaker of the House of Representatives are, from and after this date, abolished. — Joshua A. Norton

We, Norton I, do hereby decree that the offices of President, Vice President, and Speaker of the House of Representatives are, from and after this date, abolished. — Emperor Norton

The vice-president of an advertising agency is a bit of executive fungus that forms on a desk that has been exposed to conference. — Fred Allen

Vice president: A spare tire on the automobile of government. — John Nance Garner

I believe Sarah Palin is a true statesman, whose experience as a failed vice presidential candidate, half-term governor and eight-episode reality star has fully prepared her to take control of our nuclear arsenal. — Stephen Colbert

When I mentioned about Adlai Stevenson, if he was vice president there would never have been an assassination of our beloved President Kennedy — Jack Ruby

There's never been A day in the last four years I've been proud to be his Vice President. Not a single day. — Joe Biden

President Snow Quotes

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Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous. — Suzanne Collins

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Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor. — Suzanne Collins

A hiker who was lost in a blizzard said he stayed alive by digging a snow tunnel and burning dollar bills for warmth. Today he was offered a job as President Obama's economic adviser. — Jay Leno

Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. — Suzanne Collins

It's the things we love most that destroy us. — Donald Sutherland

Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is just fine as long as its contained. — Robert Ludlum

Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us! — Suzanne Collins

Katniss, the girl who was on fire! — Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you have provided a spark that, left unattended, may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem," he says. — Suzanne Collins

This is no place for a girl on fire. — Suzanne Collins

Female President Quotes

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I would even go to Washington, which is saying something for me, just to glimpse Jane Q. Public, being sworn in as the first female president of the United States, while her husband holds the Bible and wears a silly pill box hat and matching coat. — Anna Quindlen

A Romney presidency will be awesome unless you're poor, sick, gay, female, Mexican or a dog. — Andy Borowitz

Over the last few years, the Islamic world has produced more female presidents and prime ministers than both Europe and North America combined. — Reza Aslan

Title IX is huge for sports but also its helped move our nation to a place where we can accept women in the workforce as well. Its opened up a lot of jobs for women. We had a female run for president in Hillary Clinton. — Sayings

If you ask me, I'd like to become the first female president. That would be really cool. The first thing I would do is redecorate the White House, it doesn't look very cozy. — Jennifer Lopez

When one is required to preside over the Church, and be entrusted with the care of so many souls, the whole female sex must retire before the magnitude of the task, and the majority of men also. — John Chrysostom

We've never had a female President in this country, which I find stunning — Hari Kondabolu

I can hear President Snow's voice in my head. 'On the seventy-fifth anniversary, as a reminder to the rebels that even the strongest among them cannot overcome the power of the capital, the male and female tributes will be reaped from their existing pool of victors. — Suzanne Collins

We shouldn't deny and sort of ignore that we also have the first female candidate who has really shown that a woman could run for President and do so and be very viable. Remember, this race is very close. It reflects the fact that we have two excellent candidates. — Maria Echaveste

Take [the first female] president away from Hillary [Clinton], what's her story? What is fascinating? What's interesting about Hillary? Coughing fits? The lump in her throat that she has to cover with the Mao jacket? What's her story? — Rush Limbaugh

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More Presidency Quotes

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His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. — Idi Amin

The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. — Albert Ellis

What is most important of this grand experiment, the United States? Not the election of the first president but the election of its second president. The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from every other country in the world. — George Washington

No president, not the smartest, best human being in the world can do it alone. You cannot take on this, the power that is in Washington, to billionaires and lobbyist, the military industrial complex, all of this money and power, you can`t do it. You need a mass movement of American who are looking in congress and we say directly. — Bernie Sanders

The American story has never been about things coming easy. It has been about rising to the moment when the moment is hard. About rejecting panicked division for purposeful unity. About seeing a mountaintop from the deepest valley. That is why we remember that some of the most famous words ever spoken by an American came from a president who took office in a time of turmoil: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. — Barack Obama

Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice. — John Adams

The slow-rising central horror of "Watergate" is not that it might grind down to the reluctant impeachment of a vengeful thug of a president whose entire political career has been a monument to the same kind of cheap shots and treachery he finally got nailed for, but that we might somehow fail to learn something from it. — Hunter S. Thompson

People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I earned everything I've got. — Richard M. Nixon

When I found out that there was eight Presidents before George Washington, I wanted to smack somebody. — Prince

The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. — John Adams

The President is no more than a well-meaning baboon. I went to the White House directly after tea, where I found "The Original Gorilla", about as intelligent as ever. What a specimen to be at the head of our affairs now. — George B. McClellan

There is a tragic flaw in our precious constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president. — Kurt Vonnegut

We've got a Muslim for a president who hates cowboys, hates cowgirls, hates fishing, hates farming, loves gays and we hate him! — Hank Williams, Jr.

If the president alone was vested with the power of appointing all officers, and was left to select a council for himself, he would be liable to be deceived by flatterers and pretenders to patriotism. — Roger Sherman

President Roosevelt proved that a President could serve for life. Truman proved that anyone could be elected. Eisenhower proved that your country can be run without a President. — Nikita Khrushchev

Our problem with President Obama isn't that he's a bad person. By all accounts, he too is a good husband, and a good father - and thanks to lots of practice, a pretty good golfer. — Marco Rubio

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. — Albert Einstein

I would love to see Mr. (Henry) Ford in there, really. I don't know who started the idea that a President must be a Politician instead of a Business man. A Politician can't run any other kind of business. So there is no reason why he can run the U.S. That's the biggest single business in the World. — Will Rogers

There is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. — John F. Kennedy

I think the major role of the First Lady is to take care of the President so that he can best serve the people. And not to fail her family, her husband, and children. — Jackie Kennedy

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