Top 10 US Presidential Quotes To Inspire Change

This week I decided to take a more serious note following the tragic events that have happened in the United States during the past two weeks and hopefully remind Americans of positive change and their rich, powerful history.

photo1. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – President John F. Kennedy (“Assembly Hall Address in Frankfurt”, June 26, 1963)

2. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – President Barack Obama (“Super Tuesday Speech”, February 6, 2008)

3. “Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much.” – President Abraham Lincoln (“Speech at Chicago”, December 10, 1856)

4. “Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” – President Bill Clinton (“Library Dedication Speech”, November 18, 2004)

5. “It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that [people] are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future.” – President James Monroe (“2nd Inaugural Address”, March 5, 1821)

6. “When one side only of a story is heard and often repeated, the human mind becomes impressed with it insensibly.” – President George Washington (“Letter to Edmund Pendleton”, January 22, 1795)

7. “It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation.” – President Calvin Coolidge (“Speech on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence”, July 5, 1926)

8. “While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others.” – President George Washington (“Letter to Benedict Arnold, September 14, 1775)

9. “Always remember; others may hate you. But those who hate you don’t win, unless you hate them.” – President Richard Nixon (“White House Farewell Speech”, August 8, 1974)

10. “Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” – President John Quincy Adams (“Oriation at Plymouth, December 22, 1802)

 

Amy Nguyen is a 24 year writer in Calgary, Canada who currently works in the film industry, primarily in exhibition, and runs a blog on tumblr called “Wicked Pop Culture.”