10 Presidential Quotes to Live and Work By

What do great politicians and great business leaders have in common? Both can inspire action and, most likely, offer words of wisdom to learn and grow from.


In honor of President’s Day, we’ve mined the quotes of some of the most influential United States leaders for motivation. Whether you’re aspiring to launch your own business or to excel in your career this year, here’s a list of mantras that will be beneficial to you.


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“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt

This one is pretty straightforward and is something that everyone should practice. Just believe in yourself, because if you don’t, you will undoubtedly fail.


“Don’t allow our doubts of today limit our tomorrow.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt

So often, we find ourselves holding back due to doubt or fear of our ideas being rejected, and then we wonder about what could’ve been. Don’t become a victim of doubt again!


“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.” —John F. Kennedy

You can’t have success without taking some risks, and some of those risks will become failures. Use those failures as learning experiences.


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a great leader.” —John Quincy Adams

There may be a “U” in success, but remember that a great leader is only as good as his or her team.


“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” —Abraham Lincoln

Be cautious when embarking on new ventures, but always keep moving forward. Sulking over the past will do nothing but deter you in life.


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

In pursuing our dreams, we often desire instantaneous results, but the journey to reaching your goals are worth the gratifications that come along the way. Take each step and small victory as a great learning experience.


“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goals; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” —Thomas Jefferson

This common saying couldn’t be more truthful. Without the right attitude, there will surely be a lack of desire to achieve success.


“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” —Harry S. Truman

Why spend your energy worrying about those who try to hog the spotlight? When you use that valuable energy and mind power to focus on how you can help your business or the world as a whole, you’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish and how good you’ll feel when it’s done.


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

You know that saying “Misery loves company?” It’s true. Surrounding yourself with negative people and their negative energy will not only annoy you, but will also drag you further down along with them.


“Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.” —Gerald R. Ford

Who doesn’t like to get to dinner on time? In all seriousness, being truthful and working hard are two key characteristics that will keep you on the path to success!


These famous quotes can become more than just fun facts most take at face value; they can also become your mantras for success and valuable life lessons, if you let them. Are there any presidential quotes that motivate you that didn’t make our list? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you. We hope you all have a wonderful President’s Day.

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