These Motivational Quotes From U.S. Presidents Will Inspire You

Are you looking for a little pick-me-up? You can find a wealth of inspiration from some of our nation’s presidents. Whether you’re feeling down or just a little sluggish, an inspiring quote at just the right time can make all the difference in your mood and overall outlook. “Along the pathways of the years, I have learned much from short quotations. For example, I learned to have patience, and my first teacher in this regard was Ben Franklin, who had my lifelong admiration. He said, ‘He that can have patience can have what he will,’” said late author and minister Norman Vincent Peale.

As the 2016 presidential race moves forward, take a few moments to jumpstart your day with empowering words from some of our most inspiring commanders-in-chief.

Let go of your past

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 We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.

George Washington

You are in charge of your life — take action

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.

Thomas Jefferson

You are a leader

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

John Quincy Adams

Aim for excellence

Whatever you are, be a good one.

Abraham Lincoln

True friends are revealed during adversity

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The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.

Ulysses S. Grant

Make your own luck — go after what you want

A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.

James Garfield

Keep pushing ahead even when things look bad

In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.

William McKinley

Live a full life

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The worst of all fears is the fear of living.

Theodore Roosevelt

Your life has an impact on the world

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

Woodrow Wilson

Your failures don’t define you

If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.

Calvin Coolidge

You can weather the toughest storms if you keep holding on

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

See opportunity in every situation

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

Harry S. Truman

Find your strength

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Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Welcome change

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy

Believe in your abilities

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.

Jimmy Carter

Lend a hand

We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

Ronald Reagan

Don’t lose hope

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I still believe in a place called Hope.

Bill Clinton

Press on

The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.

Barack Obama

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