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15 Inspiring Quotes for Presidents’ Day

Celebrate Presidents’ Day with these motivational and inspirational quotes from America’s leaders.

Join us as we remember the wisdom, courage and leadership of United States presidents—like Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy—with these Presidents’ Day quotes.

The History of Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day was established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington’s birthday in February. It was later referred to as Presidents’ Day, to also honor President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as well (also in February). In the United States, Presidents’ Day always takes place on the third Monday in February. Since its inception, this day has grown to honor all American presidents.

Presidents’ Day Quotes

Celebrate Presidents’ Day with these motivational and inspirational quotes from America’s leaders.

President Quotes About Life

Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt with presidents day quote

1. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. —Theodore Roosevelt

2. If wrinkles must be written on our brow, let them not be written on our heart. The spirit should never grow old. —James Garfield

3. Great lives never go out; they go on. —Benjamin Harrison 

4. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God. —Ronald Reagan

5. In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. —Abraham Lincoln

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln with a presidents day quote

President Quotes About America

6. We came from many roots, and we have many branches. —Gerald Ford

7. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. —Franklin D. Roosevelt

Portrait of Woodrow Wilson with quote for presidents day

8. America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses. —Woodrow Wilson

9. Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity. —Herbert Hoover

10. We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. —Jimmy Carter

President Quotes About Hard Work

11. The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph. —George Washington

Photo of Dwight D. Eisenhower with a presidents day quote

12. Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination. —Dwight D. Eisenhower

13. Try and fail, but don’t fail to try. —John Quincy Adams

14. Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time. —Lyndon B. Johnson

15. One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. —John F. Kennedy

Portrait painting of John F. Kennedy with a presidents day quote

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