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George W. Bush Quotes

George Walker Bush

George W. Bush quotes: 43’s greatest words.

“Do not allow defeat to extinguish your dreams.  If you keep working and remain optimistic, opportunities can come your way.”

“It’s important to take risks.  I’m talking about living life to its fullest.  Part of life is seizing the moment.”

“I think you ought to be open-minded as to where life takes you.  One of the things I learned as president is that your life is just not going to unfold the way you want it to.  There will be surprises, challenges, and therefore the question is: how you deal with the unexpected?”

“Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions.”

“Use power to help people.  For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name.  There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.”

“I read every chance I can get.”

“And I read a lot of history when I was president; I read a lot about Lincoln.  Reading history while you make history can teach you a lot.  Life really is a series of contrasts.  If you read with empathy what Lincoln went through, then you realize what you’re going through is nothing compared to what he went through.  And then my faith helped a lot.  So I found solace in a lot of different ways.”

“Reading is the basics for all learning.”

“The public education system in America is one of the most important foundations of our democracy.  After all, it is where children from all over America learn to be responsible citizens, and learn to have the skills necessary to take advantage of our fantastic opportunistic society.”

“I was very fortunate to have had a mother and father who loved me in spite of my failings.  And in spite of the fact that at times I would challenge their authority.  They provided unconditional love.”

“But the truth is that I never had to search for a role model.  I was the son of George Bush.”

“I had watched dad climb into the biggest arena and succeed.  I wanted to find out if I had what it took to join him.”

“I learned from him that when it’s over, it’s over.  I view my time in politics as a chapter, not my life.  I’m forever a former president and I understand that, but at this point in my post-presidency, I don’t want to be involved with politics.  Secondly, I don’t want to interfere with my successor’s presidency.  My father taught me (at least he showed me) a dignified way to be a former president – is that once you’re off the stage, you’re off the stage.  So I learned a lot from him.”

“My father enjoyed working hard, and he liked to see the result of his efforts.  The lessons his mother had instilled had taken hold: do your best.  Don’t be arrogant.  Never complain.”

“My parents never projected their dreams onto me.  If they hoped I would be a great pitcher, or political figure, or artist (no chance), they never told me about it.  Their view of parenting was to offer love and encourage me to chart my own path.”

“When you know you have unconditional love, there is no point in rebellion and no need to fear failure.”

“As my life has become more complicated, I treasure the basics: faith, family, and my friends.”

“I have written a book.  This will come as quite a shock to some.  They didn’t think I could read, much less write.”

“Writing focuses your mind.  When you’re writing about something that happened, it helps you transition to the present.  I would think that not spending time on a project could create anxiety and negative feelings – ‘if only this’ or ‘gosh, I still wish I was there’ – and I didn’t experience that at all.  Maybe it’s because I was spending so much time on the book.  You know, I’m a content person and I’m content knowing that I gave it my all when I was president.  But I’m also content because I’m a busy person.  I don’t think you can run for president or be president unless you’re a busy person.  The book kept me busy and it was interesting to relive moments of my presidency.”

“From a personal perspective, quitting drinking is a decision I felt good about.  Running for president was a good decision.  Marrying my wife was a good decision.  Being a father and trying to love my daughters with unconditional love – those were all good decisions.  When one reads my book, they will see that I am very comfortable with the strategic decisions that I made.”

“There are mistaken impressions about me.  This book may correct them and it may not correct them.  It may reinforce the stereotype or it may not – I don’t know.  But I do think if a person reads it, they will have a better sense of what the environment was like, how I made decisions, and what I’m like.  I don’t want to sound like a stubborn guy.  I gave it my best.  I’ve written a book to describe it.  Some people are going to like the decisions I made, some people are not going to like the decisions that I made.  That’s just the way it is.”

“I believe in a core set of principles.  I believe that freedom is a gift from an Almighty to every man, woman, and child; that is a principle that was important to me during my presidency and I think it’s an important principle.”

“I am comfortable knowing that I put my heart and soul into the presidency.  I am comfortable that the principles that I articulated were never compromised.  And I am honored to have served.  I’m glad I ran.  It is a huge honor to be able to be a two-term president.  It was really a great experience.  I’m fortunate to have been able to serve.  And I think that’s enough.”

“I would like to remembered as president as somebody who did not compromise principles in order to try to be loved or liked.”

“It was a privilege to be president and it is a privilege to be a former president and I believe that I have got a chance to be a part of something that is influential.”

“Eight years was awesome, and I was famous and I was powerful.”

“I miss being pampered.”

“I would like to be remembered as a guy who had a set of priorities, and was willing to live by those priorities.  In terms of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment is that I kept the country safe amidst a real danger.”

“We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.”

“You never retire.  At least, I don’t retire.  I’m playing golf.  I ride my mountain bike.  A lot.  I think it’s very important for me and other people my age to continue to exercise.  I’m going to baseball games.  I’m also combining my love of outdoors with my desire to help others.  My advice to seniors – and I consider myself one – is to first and foremost take care of your body.  Secondly, find something where you could say, ‘I’m helping somebody else.’  And it may be just helping raise a grandkid.  Or teaching a child to read – one child to read.”

“Whatever the road that lies ahead, that road will take me home.”

“Whatever the verdict on my presidency, I’m comfortable with the fact that I won’t be around to hear it.  That’s a decision point only history will reach.”

“I’m just beginning to live the next chapter of my life.  In other words, politics – being governor and president – is not the end of my life.  It’s a chapter.  Check back with me after I’ve had a little more time to live out this chapter.”

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