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QUOTATIONS ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON


Let him who looks for a monument to Washington look around the United States.  Your freedom, your independence, your national power, your prosperity, and your prodigious growth are a monument to him. ~Louis Kossuth


If I were to characterize George Washington's feelings toward his country, I should be less inclined than most people to stress what is called Washington's love of his country.  What impresses me as far more important is what I should call Washington's respect for his country. ~Randolph G. Adams


I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him "father." ~Will Rogers


Then honor to the day that gave him birth,
For it is also Freedom's natal day.
~Arthur J. Burdick


George Washington was a gentleman,
A soldier and a scholar;
He crossed the Delaware with a boat,
The Potomac, with a dollar.
The British faced him full of joy,
And departed full of sorrow;
George Washington was a gentleman.
His birthday is tomorrow.
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "Washington's Birthday Eve"


George Washington was a gentleman,
His birthday is tomorrow.
He filled his country's friends with joy,
His country's foes, with sorrow.
And so my dears, his grateful land
In robes of glory clad him.
George Washington was a gentleman.
I'm glad his parents had him.
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "Washington's Birthday Eve"


George Washington is one of the beacons placed at intervals along the highroad of history. ~Orestes Ferrara


More than all, and above all, Washington was master of himself. ~Charles Francis Adams


His life was a hymn in praise of honor, uprightness, and patriotism. ~Orestes Ferrara


Washington's is the mightiest name of earth - long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation.  On that name no eulogy is expected.  It cannot be.  To add brightness to the sun, or glory to the name of Washington, is alike impossible.  Let none attempt it.  In solemn awe pronounce the name, and in its naked deathless splendor leave it shining on. ~Abraham Lincoln


The prevailin' weakness of most public men is to Slop Over!.... G. Washington never slopt over. ~Artemus Ward


Eternity alone can reveal to the human race its debt of gratitude to the peerless and immortal name of Washington. ~James A. Garfield


Blot out from the page of history the names of all the great actors of his time in the drama of nations, and preserve the name of Washington, and the century would be renowned. ~Chauncey M. Depew


You know, America celebrating for Washington — a man who was so truthful — seems kinder sacrilegious. A lot of lying Americans get together and celebrate. Americans celebrating a truthful man's birthday always reminds me of a snake charmer celebrating St. Patrick's Day. ~Will Rogers


This was the man God gave us when the hour
Proclaimed the dawn of Liberty begun.
~John Hall Ingham


Washington's appointments, when president, were made with a view to gather all the talent of the country in support of the national government; and he bore many things which were personally disagreeable in an endeavor to do this. ~Paul Leicester Ford


Well hath he been called one of the architects of civilization. ~Newell Dwight Hillis


The flower imperishable of this valiant age, -
A true American!
~Clinton Scollard


George Washington is the only president who didn't blame the previous administration for his troubles. ~Joke from the 1960s


He guided the passions of others, because he was master of his own. ~Ebenezer Grant Marsh


One of the greatest captains of the age. ~Benjamin Franklin


Great knightly soul who came in time to serve his country's need. ~Margaret E. Sangster


Posterity will talk of Washington as the founder of a great empire, when my name shall be lost in the vortex of revolution. ~Napoleon I


The great citizen, the first-born son of the New World. ~Simón Bolívar


May it please Heaven that his example shall continue to serve as a beacon to our Republics in their darkest moments of doubt and adversity. ~Jorge Ubico



Did you read what this writer dug up in George Washington's diary? I was so ashamed I sat up all night reading it. This should be a lesson to Presidents to either behave themselves or not to keep a diary. ~Will Rogers



QUOTATIONS ABOUT ABRAHAM LINCOLN


Not in vain has Lincoln lived, for he has helped to make this republic an example of justice, with no caste but the caste of humanity. ~George Bancroft


His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


He is one of those giant figures, of whom there are very few in history, who lose their nationality in death. ~David Lloyd George


Oh, wise physician of a wasted land! ~Hermann Hagedorn


Would I might rouse the Lincoln in you all. ~Vachel Lindsay


Mute though his lips be, yet they still speak.  Hushed is his voice, but its echoes of liberty are ringing through the world, and the sons of bondage listen with joy. ~Matthew Simpson


The important thing today is not what we say of Lincoln but what Lincoln would say of us if he were here in this hour and could note the drift and tendency in American life and American politics. ~Stephen Samuel Wise


Abraham Lincoln needs no marble shaft to perpetuate his name; his words are the most enduring monument, and will forever live in the hearts of the people. ~Osborn H. Oldroyd


If you look at his portraits they always give you an indelible impression of his great height.  So does his life.  Height of purpose, height of ideal, height of character, height of intelligence. ~David Lloyd George


Lincoln was not a type.  He stands alone - no ancestors, no fellows, no successors. ~Robert G. Ingersoll


His grave a nation's heart shall be,
His monument a people free!
~Caroline Atherton Mason


A faith like Lincoln's would transform the world! ~James Oppenheim


He showed that fame may be won and what services be rendered by a plain son of the people unaided by any gifts of fortune. ~James Bryce


In him was vindicated the greatness of real goodness and the goodness of real greatness. ~Phillips Brooks


Humble birth did not retard his genius, nor high place corrupt his soul. ~Cass Gilbert


He was one of the few great rulers whose wisdom increased with his power, and whose spirit grew gentler and tenderer as his triumphs were multiplied. ~James A. Garfield


God and Nature together shaped him to lead in the van,
In the stress of her wildest weather when the Nation needed a Man.
~Margaret E. Sangster


His heart and his brain were utterly foreign to all vindictiveness or personal bitterness.  He declared himself hotly and strongly against wrong causes, but never against men. ~London Spectator


His was the nation's sacrifice,
And ours the priceless gain.
~John Greenleaf Whittier


A statesman of the school of sound common sense, and a philanthropist of the most practical type, a patriot without a superior - his monument is a country preserved. ~C.S. Harrington


Lincoln had faith in time, and time has justified his faith. ~Benjamin Harrison


Nor all America can claim him now:
Forevermore he is Mankind's and God's.
~Reginald Wright Kauffman


He raised his hands, not to strike, but in benediction.  Lincoln was the grandest figure of the fiercest civil war.  He is the gentlest memory of our world. ~Robert G. Ingersoll


Look on this cast, and know the hand
That bore a nation in its hold;
From this mute witness understand
What Lincoln was - how large of mould.
~E.C. Stedman


He was a common man expanded into giant proportions; well acquainted with the people, he placed his hand on the beating pulse of the nation, judged of its disease and was ready with a remedy. ~Joshua Speed


One fire was on his spirit, one resolve -
To send the keen axe to the root of wrong,
Clearing a free way to the feet of God,
The eyes of conscience testing every stroke.
~Edwin Markham


His love shone as impartial as the sun. ~Maurice Thompson


Abraham Lincoln is not dead.  Emancipated from the thraldom of time, he has stepped beyond the trammels of birth, and race, and state.  He lives in an epic all his own; in ever widening spiritual leadership; in the splendor of realized ideals; in inspiration to good citizenship and in multiplying memorials in literature and art, in progress and reform, in patriotism and philanthropy, in education and humanitarianism. ~John Wesley Hill


A martyr to the cause of man,
His blood is freedom's eucharist,
And in the world's great hero list
His name shall lead the van.
~Charles G. Halpin


To him was given the duty and responsibility of making that great classic of liberty, the Declaration of Independence, no longer an empty promise, but a glorious fulfillment. ~William McKinley


A type that nature wills to plan
But once in all a people's years.
~E.C. Stedman


Abraham Lincoln - the spirit incarnate of those who won victory in the Civil War - was the true representative of this people, not only for his own generation, but for all time, because he was a man among men. ~Theodore Roosevelt


It was a very lonely spirit that looked out from underneath those shaggy brows and comprehended men without fully communing with them, as if in spite of all its genial efforts at comradeship, it dwelt apart, saw its visions of duty where no man looked on. ~Woodrow Wilson


Hail, Lincoln! As the swift years lengthen
Still more majestic grows thy fame.
~Nathan Haskell Dole


This statesman was no conqueror, but his superiority consisted in his moral conquest; this President vanquished no foreign people, and his superiority lay in his self-constraint; this excellent judge of human nature cast a spell over nobody, yet is more fascinating than the shining victors of history. ~Emil Ludwig


The qualities which caused him to be acclaimed the leader, he possessed when he was teaching school, and splitting rails, and reading law in a judge's musty office.  From the beginning he was a man among men who always upheld the right, advocated justice for the oppressed, and a square deal for all. ~Frank Dorrance Hopley


Meseems I feel his presence.  Is he dead?
Death is a word.  He lives and grander grows.
~Maurice Thompson


Did you know that the Washington Monument was named after Abraham Lincoln? Yup, Lincoln was named in 1809, the Washington Monument wasn't named until 1885. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


February gave birth to both the tallest and shortest U.S. Presidents. Lincoln stood 6 feet four, making him the tallest, while William Henry Harrison served only one month, making him the shortest. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com



QUOTATIONS ABOUT THE U.S. PRESIDENCY & PRESIDENTS


Anyway, it's funny how great men always get born on holidays, like Washington and Lincoln. ~Percy Keese Fitzhugh, Roy Blakeley: Lost, Strayed or Stolen, 1921


[W]ell I know that no man will ever bring out of that office the reputation which carries him into it. ~Thomas Jefferson, letter, 1796


I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House — with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined here alone. ~John F. Kennedy, 1962


The presidency itself is not a partisan institution. It’s the one office in this nation that represents everyone and it demands a duty of care for all Americans. ~Joseph R. Biden, Jr., 2020


Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven’t had one since Taft. Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln. ~Will Rogers


The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of clichés as the first prize. ~Saul Bellow, 1980


When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I'm beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow


Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. ~Gore Vidal, unverified


How come we choose from just two people to run for President and 50 for Miss America? ~Author unknown


The man with the best job in the country is the vice President. All he has to do is get up every morning and say, "How's the President?" ~Will Rogers



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