We could all use a little inspiration thanks to this election.
Oh. My. God.
That's pretty much all we can say about this year's elections. We are faced with a very hard choice (at least it is for most of us) of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. While we may not have always loved the choice of presidents once they were in office, this seems like the first time most of the population dislikes BOTH nominees.
So while you're trying to decide who to vote for come November (because no matter how you feel about the nominees, it's very important to go out and vote), let's remind ourselves of what presidents should be like with these 43 inspirational quotes from all of our presidents.
"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." -George Washington (1789-1797)
"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war." -John Adams (1797-1801)
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." -Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)
"The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money." -James Madison (1809-1817)
"It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future." -James Monroe (1817-1825)
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” -John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)
"Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error." -Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
"It’s easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn’t.” -Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)
"There is nothing more corrupting, nothing more destructive of the noblest and finest feelings of our nature, than the exercise of unlimited power." -William Henry Harrison (1841-1841)
"Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette - the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace." -John Tyler (1841-1845)
"Well may the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country's peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family." -James K. Polk (1845-1849)
"A strong reputation is like a good bonfire. When you have one kindled it's easy to keep the flame burning, even if someone comes along and tries to piss on it. But if you fall asleep and neglect it...You'll wake up with ashes." -Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)
"It is not strange... to mistake change for progress." -Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)
“You don’t know what you can miss before you try.” -Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)
"What is right and what is practicable are two different things." -James Buchanan (1857-1861)
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)
"It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word." -Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)
"The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity." -Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)
"One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals." -Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)
“There are men and women who make the world better... It really matters very little whether they are behind the wheel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. They teach the truth by living it.” -James A. Garfield (1881-1881)
"Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken." -Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)
"A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil." -Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 & 1893-1897)
“Great lives never go out; they go on.” -Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)
"In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest." -William McKinley (1897-1901)
"Believe you can and you’re halfway there." -Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (1901-1909)
"Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man." -William Howard Taft (1909-1913)
"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat." -Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)
"I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!" -Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb ... Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” -Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)
"Children are our most valuable natural resource." -Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." -Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." -Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)
"Neither a wise man or a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him." -Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)
"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 (1961-1963)
"There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves." -Lyndon B.Johnson (1963-1969)
"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories." -Richard Nixon (1969-1974)
"Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time." -Gerald Ford (1974-1977)
“We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” -Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)
"Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." -Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)
“A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens in the fullest sense: partners in civilization.” -George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)
“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” -Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
"Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time." -George W. Bush (2001-2009)
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” -Barack Obama (2009-2016)
So go, be inspired and make sure you vote in the elections in November. Let's keep the trend and make sure someone inspiring takes up the office again.
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