They have one of the biggest soapboxes imaginable, making their words instantly part of world history. How much do you know about famous quotes from U.S. presidents?
During World War I, Herbert Hoover gained worldwide respect for his aid missions to Belgium. When he was elected as president, he had never before served in public office.
Speaking of boring, James Buchanan was the only president never to marry. He was also one of the worst presidents of all time, as his policies contributed towards issues that sparked the American Civil War.
Washington wrote this line as a part of a letter to Edmund Pendleton in 1795. He was referring to the idea that Native Americans were likely to dislike white settlers for their expansionism, no matter what the government did to appease the natives.
Coolidge followed that immortal with these bits of wisdom: "Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb ... Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Fillmore grew up in poverty and rose through the political ranks to become vice president. With Zachary Taylor's sudden death, Fillmore unexpectedly became president, but served for only about a year.
McKinley was adept at forging agreements within a divided country. He served in the Civil War and then led the U.S. to victory during the Spanish-American War.
Lincoln was well aware of the corrupting influence of power. He wanted to disseminate power throughout the states when the Civil War ended in hopes of speeding up the reconciliation process but was assassinated before he could.
Pierce's support of policies such as the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Fugitive Slave Act actually heightened conflict across the land during the mid-1850s. His presidency was one of the worst, helping to fuel the fires of secessionism.
Wilson was a religious man who lived by his faith. He was very hesitant to enter World War I, but when he finally made the decision, he wanted to make the world safe for democracy, no matter the cost.
Polk was a bold man who accomplished all of his campaign goals after he became president. Once his term was up in 1849, he kept his pledge not to run for president again.
Washington was a careful organizer, both personally and professionally. He believed that careful daily actions added up to long-term success.
Dwight Eisenhower was renowned for his bravery and intelligence. He fought his way to the top of the military food chain and then had the political savvy to become a popular two-term president.
Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression throughout his life, even at the heights of his presidency. But he found the strength to triumph over his personal demons as he helped the nation overcome its hardships.
Jackson was a man of action. During the American Revolution, he was just 13 when he was captured by the British for his work as a courier. Before becoming president, he was a war hero at the Battle of New Orleans.
Harry S. Truman only had one child (Margaret) but he had the wisdom to guide her passions and desires. Truman had the same knack for guiding reluctant troops on the battlefield, as he proved time and again during World War I.
Theodore Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president, was a master orator. He reached the highest office in the land at age 42 after the assassination of William McKinley.
Adams was the sixth president of the country, the son of John and Abigail Adams. He was renowned for local leadership as a representative in Massachusetts, even more so than for his work as president.
Jimmy Carter has always been respected for his humanitarian work and personal sacrifice. Following his presidency, he spent much of his life working on peace projects.
Andrew Johnson was a rebel amongst rebels. When the South seceded, he was the only Southern senator who didn't give up his seat. He became president after Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
This one came from the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. As all people (particularly politicians) eventually learn, lying always winds up mostly hurting the liar.
The American dream was a nightmare at times during Nixon's administration. But he did help to guide some American dreams, such as the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Jefferson was a veritable font of wisdom in his day. He was a steady leader who understood that an even temperament was the best for both presidents and citizens.
Benjamin Harrison was a lawyer and Union colonel who became the 23rd president. He passed important economic policies like the McKinley Tariff, which provided protective trade rates. He was also heavily involved in creating the Sherman Antitrust Act.
Ronald Reagan led a bold administration during his two terms. He presided over the end of the Cold War, reduced inflation and ended his time in office as one of the most popular presidents in history.
In 1783, less than 10 years after the American Revolution, George Washington address Congress with this line. His leadership and heroism (and his elegant language) meant that he left behind a plethora of good quotes by which to remember him.
As one of the men involved in the debacle of the Vietnam War, Johnson understood this quote down to his very core. Big decisions have big consequence for millions of people.
James Madison was president from 1809 to 1817. He was a co-writer of the "Federalist Papers," which helped develop the ideas for the U.S. Constitution.
No word if Chester Arthur was any good at ball, but he certainly stood up for his beliefs. As a young, politically active student, he once got into a fistfight in support of Henry Clay, who was running against James Polk.
Ulysses S. Grant was a Civil War hero, a Union general who won some of the conflict's biggest battles. He was also a good president, and he was elected not once, but twice.
Beyond being the nation's first African-American president, Barack Obama was known for giving some pretty good speeches too.