United States Presidents are some of the most controversial, yet well respected men in American history. Their tenacity sets them apart, regardless of their political ideology. However, we often forget that these men are people, too. Here are some of the best quotes from our nation’s presidents that highlight their sense of humor, grip on reality, and the charisma that got them into office.

“Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.”Donald Trump

”There a few things in life harder to find and more important to keep than love. Well, love and a birth certificate.”Barack Obama

“To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say, ‘Well done.’ And as I like to tell the C students: You too, can be president.” – George W. Bush

“You can put wings on a pig, but you don’t make it an eagle.” – Bill Clinton

“Let me give you a little serious political advice. One single word: puppies.”George H. W. Bush

“When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”Ronald Reagan

“Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.” – Gerald Ford

“Always remember others may hate you but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”Richard Nixon

“I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

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

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Harry S. Truman

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt.”Herbert Hoover

“No one ever listened himself out of a job.”  – Calvin Coolidge

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” – Woodrow Wilson

“When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty.’”Theodore Roosevelt

“In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.” – William McKinley

“What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something?” – Grover Cleveland

“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”  – James A Garfield

“Let us have peace.” – Ulysses S. Grant

“Washington, DC is 12 square miles bordered by reality.” – Andrew Johnson

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

“There is nothing left to do but get drunk.”Franklin Pierce, after being denied renomination for President

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”John Quincy Adams

Corrie L
FFL Cabinet Member
Corrie is a Cabinet Member at FFL. She is passionate about coffee, Jesus, and lipstick, and never wears white after Labor Day. If she isn't busy talking about law school or FFL, you can find her studying constitutional law or reviewing a contract. Her plan A is Super Mom turned Supreme Court Justice, and she hopes to one day be just like Sandra Day O"Connor.

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