"The human mind is our fundamental resource."
John F. Kennedy

Throughout our history, our presidents have inspired us to rise to the unique challenges of each era. Here are just a few examples of times when America looked to its chief executive for leadership, for inspiration, and for comfort. On this site you will find more than 1,500 quotations from our presidents that have touched a life, healed a nation, and inspired people to be their very best.

"It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States. "
Andrew Jackson
"The delicate duty of devising schemes of revenue should be left where the Constitution has placed it-with the immediate representatives of the people."
William Henry Harrison
"Constitutions are restraints imposed, not by arbitrary authority, but by people upon themselves and their own representatives."
James Buchanan
"I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it. "
Woodrow Wilson
"The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written. "
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Down the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. "
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"If we make ourselves worthy of America's ideals, if we do not forget that our nation was founded on the premise that all men are creatures of God's making, the world will come to know that it is free men who carry forward the true promise of human progress and dignity. "
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I have found out in later years we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. "
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself "
Richard Nixon
"The work of volunteer groups throughout our country represents the very heart and soul of America. They have helped make this the most compassionate, generous, and humane society that ever existed on the face of this earth."
Ronald Reagan
"And you young people out there, don't ever forget that. Some day, you could be in this room-but wherever you are, America is depending on you to reach your highest and be your best because here, in America, we the people are in charge. "
Ronald Reagan
"America today is a proud, free nation, decent and civil, a place we cannot help but love. "
George H. W. Bush
"This is America . . . a brilliant diversity spread like stars. Like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. "
George H. W. Bush
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America. "
William J. Clinton
"America is successful because of the hard work and creativity and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11, and they are our strengths today. "
George W. Bush
"America, at its best, matches a commitment to principle with a concern for civility. A civil society demands from each of us good will and respect, fair dealing and forgiveness."
George W. Bush