On Friday, November 30th, the world lost America’s 41st President, George H.W. Bush. He is known for his incredible accomplishments throughout his military, business, and political careers. Bush was the youngest pilot in the U.S. Navy during World War II and flew 58 combat missions, having a near death experience. He went on to graduate from college at Yale and serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Director of the CIA, Vice President, and of course, the 41st President to hold office. On top of his tangible achievements, George Bush was considered a family man, friend, mentor, and grandfather figure to almost everyone he encountered. Stories have flooded the media praising his service, character, generosity, and love of country and her people.
Below are just a few words of wisdom he shared throughout his lifetime.
“I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger.”
“The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world.”
“We are a nation of communities…a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”
“I will keep America moving forward, always forward, for a better America, for an endless enduring dream and a thousand Points of Light. This is my mission, and I will complete it.”
“We know what works. Freedom works. We know what’s right. Freedom is right.”
“America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.”
“Our nation is the enduring dream of every immigrant who ever set foot on these shores, and the millions still struggling to be free…this idea called America, was and always will be a new world.”
On his endless love for Barbara, his wife: “I have climbed perhaps the highest mountain in the world, but even that cannot hold a candle to being Barbara’s husband.”