Election Got You Down? Let These 43 Presidential Quotes Inspire You

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We could all use a little inspiration thanks to this election.

So after much debating on whether we should vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the election is over and we now know who is going to be the 45th president of our country.

As we all woke up to the news that Mr. Donald Trump is going to be our 45th president of the United States, the country is torn between shock, extreme sadness, anger, and celebration.

Whichever emotion you’re feeling, know you’re not alone.

But the question we all wonder, regardless of who you cast your vote for (and I hope that you all cast a vote), is can he do it?

Will Mr. Donald Trump be able to live up the title of President of the United States?

The truth is, we don’t know.

But let’s look at the bright side: maybe he will be a better president than any of us saw coming. It’s possible. After all, we’ve had horrible presidents before and yet they still managed to be inspiring.

Because that, I believe, is one of the main functions of any leader: to be able to inspire a nation both at large and individually.

In case you don’t believe us, here are 43 inspiring quotes from each of our previous presidents to remind us how inspiring the president can be.

To remind us the importance of the people we choose to surround ourselves with.

"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)

So we remember to never start a pointless war.

"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war."  -John Adams (1797-1801)

To remind us that while we sometimes need to change, we also need to sometimes stand our ground.

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." -Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

To remind us that there are more important things than money.

"The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money." -James Madison (1809-1817)

They remind us that we need to know all the details before we can look to the future or judge the past.

"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)

They help us to remember how we can get through the difficulties of life.

“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” -John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

To remind us that there is bravery in admitting when we are wrong.

"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)

They remind us to always try our best the first time around.

"It’s easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn’t.” -Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)

They remind us of the dangers of anyone having too much power.

"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)

When they perfectly explain the ridiculousness of popularity.

"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)

To remind us that even the strongest of leaders sometimes get nervous and scared.

"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)

They remind us of the importance of working towards a good reputation.

"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)

So we always remember that change is necessary.

"It is not strange... to mistake change for progress." -Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)

To remind us that we have to take chances in life.

 “You don’t know what you can miss before you try.” -Franklin Pierce (1853-1857) 

They are there to remind us that it's not always easy to do the right thing.

"What is right and what is practicable are two different things." -James Buchanan (1857-1861)

To remind us to make the most out of our lives.

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

So we always remember to see things in different ways.

"It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word." -Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)

They remind us of the importance of true friends.

"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)

To remind us the best way to understand a person is to see how they treat their inferiors.

"One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals." -Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)

They remind us that who a person is matters more than what they do.

“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)

So we remember that freedom is the important thing in life.

"Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken." -Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)

To remind us that there is nothing wrong with having to work for something.

"A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil."  -Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 & 1893-1897)

They remind us that those we love never really leave us.

“Great lives never go out; they go on.” -Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)

They remind us to never give up, even when all seems lost.

"In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest." -William McKinley (1897-1901)

To remind us the importance of believing in ourselves.

"Believe you can and you’re halfway there." -Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (1901-1909)

They tell us the importance of giving people the credit they deserve.

"Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man." -William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

They remind us the importance of staying calm.

"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat." -Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

They speak to the importance of having good friends.

"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)

So we remember that nothing can take the place of determination and persistence.

"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)

To remind us that children are the future.

"Children are our most valuable natural resource." -Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)

To remind us that there is nothing to fear in life except fear.

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." -Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

To remind us that getting credit isn't all that matters in life.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." -Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)

They encourage us not to wait for things to happen to us.

"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) 

They remind us that change is needed to survive the future.

"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)

To remind us that together we can accomplish almost anything.

"There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves." -Lyndon B.Johnson (1963-1969)

So we know that in order to win, we need to take risks.

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories." -Richard Nixon (1969-1974)

They remind us of the important rules we should live our lives by.

"Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time." -Gerald Ford (1974-1977)

They speak to the beauty of our cultural and religious differences.

“We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” -Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) 

They remind us of what true peace is.

"Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." -Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

To tell us how important and thankful we should be for volunteers.

“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)

So we never let our differences get between us.

“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” -Bill Clinton (1993-2001)

They are not afraid to tell us what a true leader is.

"Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time." -George W. Bush (2001-2009)

And they encourage us to go out and be the change we want to see in the world.

“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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