Monday, February 20, 2006

President's Day quotes

MoLak-Jedi has the day off and I'm not sure if he'll be posting a Monday meditation, so in lieu of that let me offer some presidential quotes to think about and react to...

George Washington - "Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."

John Adams - "Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people."

Thomas Jefferson - "One man with courage is a majority."

James Madison - "A public debt is a public curse."

Andrew Jackson - "One man with courage makes a majority."

William Harrison - "A decent and manly examination of the acts of government should not only be tolerated, but encouraged."

Millard Fillmore - "An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory."

Abraham Lincoln - "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

Ulysses Grant - "Keep the church and State forever separate."

William McKinley - "That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime -- to set an example -- and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history."

Theodore Roosevelt - "No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor."

William Taft - "Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America."

Woodrow Wilson - "America is the only idealistic nation in the world."

Warren Harding - "America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration"

Herbert Hoover - "Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die."

Franklin Roosevelt - "We have learned that we can not live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations, far away. We have learned that we must live as men, and not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger. We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community."

Harry Truman - "The buck stops here."

John Kennedy - "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable"

Lyndon Johnson - "Evil acts of the past are never rectified by evil acts of the present."

Gerald Ford - "Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a Government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule."

Ronald Reagan - "Trust the people --- that is the crucial lesson of history."

George H.W. Bush -"We know what works: freedom works. We know what's right: freedom is right. We know how to secure a more and just and prosperous life for man on earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state."

William Clinton - "We need a spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together. If we have no sense of community, the American dream will wither."

George W. Bush - "America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American."