Presidential Advice to Keep You Motivated

February 20, 2017

Leaders come in all shapes, sizes, colors and creeds, but a common thread is their ability to inspire action and positive change in others. In honor of President’s Day, we’ve gathered some true words of wisdom from former U.S. presidents. Take some inspiration from these leaders of our nation to help kickstart your next endeavor, or motivate you to keep plugging away at your goals.

  1. “You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.” ― Jimmy Carter
  2. “Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who make excuses.” ― George Washington
  3. “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” ― James Madison
  4. “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” ― John Quincy Adams
  5. “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln
  6. “One man with courage makes a majority.” ― Andrew Jackson
  7. “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ― Abraham Lincoln
  8. “If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.” ― Calvin Coolidge
  9. “Whatever you are, be a good one.” ― Abraham Lincoln
  10. “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
  11. “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”  ― John F. Kennedy
  12. “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly.” ― Ronald Reagan
  13. “Pessimism never won any battle.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower
  14. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama
  15. “Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower
  16. “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ― Barack Obama
  17. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams