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Definition: Of or relating to a president or presidency.
Number of Quotes: 74

The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.
Dean Acheson

All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
John Quincy Adams

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius

He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.
Napoléon Bonaparte

These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
George W. Bush

Veni, vidi, vici.
I came, I saw, I conquered.
Julius Caesar

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
Jimmy Carter

Tax laws also benefit those who have the best lobbying efforts ... and the larger the corporations are, the smaller proportion they pay in taxes.
Jimmy Carter

If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Calvin Coolidge

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. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, Press on, has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Edward VIII

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
Zhou Enlai

Whosoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.... And when you realize the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.
James Garfield

You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps ... If the president of a company has a clean desk ... then it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
Harold Geneen

My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
George V

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that operates with perfect equality.
Andrew Jackson

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
Andrew Jackson

I am captivated more by dreams of the future than by history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson

I find that pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
Thomas Jefferson

In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.

Thomas Jefferson

Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
Thomas Jefferson

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Thomas Jefferson

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John F. Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
John F. Kennedy

Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.
Spoken at inaugural address and inscribed on his memorial.
John F. Kennedy

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
John F. Kennedy

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
United Nations on September 25, 1961.
John F. Kennedy

When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
John F. Kennedy

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
Abraham Lincoln

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela

Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Richard Nixon

The most dangerous man in America.
Referring to Timothy Leary.
Richard Nixon

The press is the enemy.
Richard Nixon

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
Richard Nixon

A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.
Ronald Reagan

Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
Ronald Reagan

It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
Ronald Reagan

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
Ronald Reagan

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans.
Ronald Reagan

Happiness ... lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is no indispensable man.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Throughout the world, change is the order of the day.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Theodore Roosevelt

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

It is hard to fail; but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. ... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Theodore Roosevelt

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, Certainly I can! Then get busy and find out how to do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

All the president is is a glorified PR man who spends his life flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Harry S. Truman

I have found that the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Harry S. Truman

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
Harry S. Truman

It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Harry S. Truman

Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
Harry S. Truman

Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
Harry S. Truman

I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
Woodrow Wilson

If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.
Woodrow Wilson

My deepest, strongest desire in marrying you, Darling, is to make you happy, and I would put into this some word of love which would seem to your heart a sort of sweet preface to the book of love which we are about to open together, to read new secrets of sympathy and companionship. I would have you catch a glimpse of my purpose for the future and of the joy which that future contains for me, of the gratitude I feel for your priceless gift of love, and of the infinite love and tenderness which is the gift of my whole heart to you.
Woodrow Wilson

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils.
Woodrow Wilson

There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight.
Woodrow Wilson

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