The third Monday every February we celebrate Presidents’ Day. The day is actually in honor of the first president, George Washington, and it is actually recognized as his birthday. Washington and his role as our first President set a lot of precedent. He showed a profound degree of foresight when he refused to ignore those who wished him to rule until his death. Ever since then, no President has served more than two terms (except in World War II).
The top job in the country has seen its share of interesting men, and hopefully in the future we can say women as well. There have been scandals, assassinations, triumphs, tragedies, and so much more in the President’s office, and there is bound to be more to come.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, here at NaQ we wanted to share some of the better quotes we’ve pulled from other sources and found on our own throughout our daily lives.
John Quincy Adams on leadership: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
Herbert Hoover on freedom: “Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”
John F. Kennedy expressing a profound insight, especially when it comes to quotes: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Current President Obama candidly reminiscing on the times before he became President: “I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks.
John Adams on the importance of knowledge: “Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.”
Hopefully you found these quotes interesting, inspiring, or funny. There are hundreds more out there and it’s definitely worth it to check them out. Have a favorite quote from a President? Feel free to send it in!