Archive for February, 2011

George Washington’s Day

February 22, 2011

Yesterday was Presidents Day, a non-holiday in my mind.  The best thing about yesterday’s holiday was a chance to spend a weekday with my wife, Wendy.

Today is George Washington’s Birthday.  Washington is often called the “father of our nation.”  He was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  After winning the war for independence, Washington returned to his Virginia plantation.  He presided over the Constitutional Convention that drafted the Constitution.  In 1789, he become the first president of the United States, serving 2 terms.

In honor of his birthday, here are some quotes from George Washington:

“A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends.”

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

“It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

“The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.”

“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”


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Abraham Lincoln

February 12, 2011

Abraham Lincoln, our nation’s 16th president, was born on February 12, 1809.  When I was young, Lincoln’s Birthday was honored as a special day.  Today, I think most people don’t remember February 12th as anything important.  I think President Lincoln was a great leader, one deserving of his own holiday and remembrance.

To remember President Lincoln on his special day, here are a few quotes:

“All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.”

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”

“I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.”

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”

 

Happy Birthday, President Reagan

February 6, 2011

Today is Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday.  In honor of this fine man, a few of this quotes—

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.”

“Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.”

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.”

“Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.”

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.”