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meme: favorite quote by a current/former leader of your country


In two days it's Election Day here in my country, and I had an idea for a meme of sorts. What is your favorite quote by a current or former leader of your country? (president, monarch, prime minister, etc.)

My favorite is by Harry Truman:

"I never give anybody hell! I just tell the truth and they think it's hell."

and second favorite, by Teddy Roosevelt whom I much admire,

"I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life;
I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."

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de_course ══╣╠══
"A man may be a tough, concentrated, successful money-maker and never contribute to his country anything more than a horrible example."

-- Robert Menzies
belenen ══╣intrigued╠══
awesome quote! ;-)
ladywind ══╣╠══
"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official."
- Theodore Roosevelt

(and although Ben Franklin was never a president or suchlike, on from him as well: "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding whats for lunch.
Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin)
belenen ══╣incitement╠══
yay for Teddy! I looooooooove zir :D
ladywind ══╣╠══
OOh! And this one: (still not a president, but close!)
From Eleanor Roosevelt, whom I admire greatly as a gentle and formidable woman who put up with a hell of a lot more, with more grace than I would've:

"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission."
belenen ══╣beautiful╠══
Re: OOh! And this one: (still not a president, but close!)
yeah, Eleanor was amazing ♥
paravati ══╣╠══
Abe Lincoln -- If you always tell the truth, you never have to remember anything.

May be slightly misquoted; I'm going from memory here..

Always has been one of my favorites, though.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
I love Abe! :D Another by zir that I love: "You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."
diepunyhuman ══╣L / panda╠══

Never been too much of a Truman fan, but that is a pretty amusing quote.
belenen ══╣amused╠══
I like zir like I like House. ;-) I respect their honesty even if I dislike everything they stand for, haha.
brassdaughter ══╣peace╠══
Hmm. Here's something I copied into the front of my journal:

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trail through which we pass will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.

-Abraham Lincoln
belenen ══╣voltaic╠══
♥ ♥ ♥ I love Abe! ;-)
smurfb1ue ══╣╠══
I'll go with another Abe Lincoln quote:

I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know who his grandson will be.
belenen ══╣intrigued╠══
yeah! wow, it's been so long since I have studied history I forgot how awesome Abe was. I think I'll have to add a biography to my amazon wishlist. ;-)
tralfamadore ══╣me - green hat╠══
I can't choose between the two following:

"I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others." - Thomas Jefferson

"A nation that destroys it's soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
tralfamadore ══╣me - green hat mischevious╠══
And please pardon the mistake in punctuation. The quotes were copied and pasted without revision.
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
oh the irony of Jefferson *shakes head* Still, it's true!

yes ♥

funny, I dislike both of those presidents but I love both of those quotes!
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