Inspiring Words

Look to political, religious, and spiritual leaders for hope and wisdom.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

"We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want... everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear... anywhere in the world." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt in his speech on The Four Freedoms delivered to Congress on January 6, 1941

"The secret of all those who make discoveries is that they regard nothing as impossible." -- Justus Liebig, renowned chemist in the 19th century

"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others." -- Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of Great Britain

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet

"America is best described by one word -- freedom." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." -- Unknown

"The future doesn't belong to the faint-hearted. It belongs to the brave." -- Ronald Reagan, from a speech given on January 28th, 1986 concerning the Challenger tragedy

John F. Kennedy

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." -- John F. Kennedy, June 10, 1963

"America is best described by one word -- freedom." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower in his message to Congress, January 9, 1958

"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful -- a meaningful friend or a meaningful day." -- Dalai Lama, head of state and spiritual leader of Tibet

"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." -- Harry S. Truman, January 8, 1947

Richard M. Nixon

"A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life's mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does he find himself." -- Richard M. Nixon, 1962

"Not to believe in the possibility of permanent peace is to disbelieve in the Godliness of human nature." -- Gandhi, Indian nationalist leader

"Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, of idealism, or character; it is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent." -- Theodore Roosevelt, 1909

President George W. Bush

"We have a place, all of us, in a long story -- a story we continue, but whose end we will not see. It is the story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old, a story of a slave-holding society that became a servant of freedom, the story of a power that went into the world to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer. It is the American story -- a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals." -- President George W. Bush in his Inaugural Address delivered on January 20, 2001

"In this outward and physical ceremony we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say: 'We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.'" -- Jimmy Carter in his Inaugural Address delivered on January 20, 1977

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that's why they call it the present." -- Unknown

"The struggle of today, is not altogether for today -- it is for a vast future also." -- Abraham Lincoln in his address to Congress delivered on December 3, 1861

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." -- George Washington, 1788

"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." -- John Lennon, "Imagine"

"Never, never, never, never give up." -- Winston Churchill rallying the people of Great Britain during World War II

"Nothing is hopeless, we must hope for everything." -- Madeleine L'Engle, author of the children's book A Wrinkle In Time

"If anyone tells you that America's best days are behind her, they're looking the wrong way." -- George Bush in his 1991 State of the Union Address

"Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." -- Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." -- Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Adams in 1816

Bill Clinton

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America." -- Bill Clinton in his first Inaugural Address delivered on January 20, 1993

"When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be earth upon which to stand, or you will be given wings to fly." -- Unknown

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -- John F. Kennedy in his Inaugural Address delivered on January 20, 1961


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