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Wise quotes on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness from every US president



Past Presidents

  • In honor of Presidents Day, we collected some of the finest aphorisms to come from the Oval Office.
  • From Thomas Jefferson’s leadership advice to Abraham Lincoln’s reflections on character, each president’s legacy is reflected in the many speeches they gave during their time in office.
  • These leaders all had one of the toughest, most important jobs in the world. Here are a few of the things they learned.

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George Washington (1789–1797)

John Adams (1797–1801)

Thomas Jefferson (1801–1809)

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