American Quotes

Famous Americans
Benjamin Franklin Print Gallery
There is no little enemy. Benjamin Franklin
Without justice, courage is weak. Benjamin Franklin
Three may keep a secret, if two are dead. Benjamin Franklin
Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin
At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty the wit; at forty the judgment. Benjamin Franklin
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin
Tell me… I’ll forget; Teach me… I’ll remember; Involve me… I’ll learn.
Benjamin Franklin
Ralph Waldo Emerson Print Gallery
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. Ralph Emerson
There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better or worse as his portion. Ralph Emerson
That though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to home but through his toil bestowed on that part of ground which is given to him to till. Ralph Emerson
That power which reside in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do until he has tried. Ralph Emerson
Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact, make much impression on him and another none. Ralph Emerson
With consistency a great soul simply has nothing to do. Ralph Emerson
Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts everything you said today. Ralph Emerson
Is it great to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. Ralph Emerson
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Ralph Emerson
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. Ralph Emerson
Thou art to me a delicious torment. Ralph Emerson
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Emerson
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Emerson
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Print Gallery
The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience. Oliver W. Holmes
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought – not free thought for those who agree with us, but freedom for the thought we hate. Oliver W. Holmes
Have faith and pursue the unknown end. Oliver W. Holmes
Every calling is great when greatly pursued. Oliver W. Holmes
Susan B. Anthony Print Gallery
The true Republic: Men, their rights and nothing more; Women, their rights and nothing less. Susan Anthony
John Marshall

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We must never forget that it is the Constitution that we are expounding. John Marshall
The people made the Constitution, and the people can unmake it. It is the creature of their own will, and lives only by their will. John Marshall
Louisa Alcott

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Make each day useful and cheerful and prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret and life a beautiful success. Louisa Alcott
P.T. Barnum

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Money is a terrible master, but an excellent servant. P.T. Barnum
There is a sucker born every minute. P.T. Barnum
Henry Beecher

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In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich. Henry Beecher
Nowhere on the globe do men live so well as in America, or grumble so much. Henry Beecher
It’s easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top. Henry Beecher
J.P. Morgan Print Gallery
A man has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. J.P. Morgan
Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further. J.P. Morgan
When you expect things to happen – strangely enough – they do happen. J.P. Morgan
No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. J.P. Morgan
Robert E. Lee Print Gallery
Do your duty in all things. You could not do more; you should not wish to do less. Robert E. Lee
Mark Twain Print Gallery
Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest. Mark Twain
When angry, count four; when very angry, swear. Mark Twain
In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards. Mark Twain
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain
Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today. Mark Twain
Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. Mark Twain
Frederick Douglas Print Gallery
The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful and virtuous. Frederick Douglas
Gratitude to benefactors is a well-recognized virtue, and to express it in some form or other, however imperfectly, is a duty to ourselves as well as to those who have helped us. Frederick Douglas
William Penn Print Gallery
I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. William Penn
Henry David Thoreau Print Gallery
We were born to succeed, not to fail. Henry David Thoreau
The language of friendship is not words but meanings. Henry David Thoreau
General George Patton Print Gallery
If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. General Patton
If a person does his best, what else is there? General Patton
I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom. General Patton
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. General Patton
A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. General Patton
Always do more than is required of you. Genera Patton
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. General Patton
Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you? General Patton
Tecumseh Print Gallery
Sell a country! Why not sell the air, the clouds and the great sea, as well as the earth? Did not the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children? Tecumseh
Henry Longfellow Print Gallery
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. Henry Longfellow
Thomas A. Edison Print Gallery
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. Thomas A. Edison
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Thomas A. Edison
Albert Einstein Print Gallery
If you can’t explain it simply, you do not understand it well enough. Albert Einstein
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Albert Einstein
Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former. Albert Einstein
Martin Luther King, Jr. Print Gallery
The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Davy Crockett Print Gallery
Be always sure you are right – then go ahead. Davy Crockett
You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas Davy Crockett
I have always supported measures and principles and not men. Davy Crockett
Lou Gehrig Print Gallery
Yet today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. Lou Gehrig
Washington Irving Print Gallery
Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. Washington Irving
A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all. Washington Irving
Love is never lost. Washington Irving
Sweet is the memory of a distant friend. Washington Irving
James F. Cooper Print Gallery
All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. James F. Cooper
It is besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion. James F. Cooper
Individuality is the aim of political liberty. James F. Cooper
John Paul Jones Print Gallery
It seems to be a law of nature that those who will not risk cannot win. John Paul Jones
I have not yet begun to fight! John Paul Jones
Who ever can surprise well must conquer. John Paul Jones
Samuel Gompers

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The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit. Samuel Gompers
Time is the most valuable thing on earth. Samuel Gompers
Daniel Boone

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I have never been lost, but once I was mighty confused for a few days. Daniel Boone
All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse and a good wife. Daniel Boone
Alexander Hamilton

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Those who stand for nothing fall for everything. Alexander Hamilton
A well adjusted person is the one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous. Alexander Hamilton
A promise must never be broken. Alexander Hamilton
The first duty of society is justice. Alexander Hamilton
Daniel Webster

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There is always room at the top. Daniel Webster
A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures. Daniel Webster
Keep cool; anger is not an argument. Daniel Webster
Booker T. Washington

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Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. Booker T. Washington
Will Rogers

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Everything is funny, as long as it’s happening to someone else. Will Rogers
Eleanor Roosevelt

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Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt
Henry Ford

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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. Henry Ford
John Dewey

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Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself. John Dewey
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. John Dewey
We only think when we are confronted with problems. John Dewey
To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. John Dewey
Failure is constructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. John Dewey