15 Inspiring Quotes From Our Founding Fathers


Since the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, we’ve had many inspiring presidents lead our wonderful country.

Some of them have left behind not just political or economical change, but words that are meant to inspire us for generations to come. So why not celebrate the 4th of July by looking back on some of them?

With that being said, here are my favorite 15 quotes on leadership, change and freedom from our founding fathers:

1. “On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

2. “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

– Barack Obama

3. “The only thing to fear is, fear itself.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

5. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

– Harry S. Truman

6. “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

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

– John Quincy Adams

8. “Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.”

– Dwight D. Eisenhower

9. “Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.”

– Andrew Jackson

10. “I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”

– Abraham Lincoln

11. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

– John F. Kennedy

12. “A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.”

– Lyndon Johnson

13. “A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.”

– Richard Nixon

14. “Don’t write so that you can be understood; write so that you can’t be misunderstood.”

– William H. Taft

15. “A man is more than the sum of all the things he can do.”

– Bill Clinton

What’s your favorite presidential quote of all time? Tell me in the comments below!


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