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George H. W. Bush Quotes

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George Herbert Walker Bush

George H. W. Bush quotes: 41’s finest quotes.

“Be bold in your caring, be bold in your dreaming and above all else, always do your best.”

“The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something.  And then I’d add to that, giving something back.  No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.”

“Freedom and the power to choose should not be the privilege of wealth.  They are the birthright of every American.”

“Any definition of a successful life must include service to others.”

“If you believe that there’s a being superior to yourself and that will guide you, strengthen you – that helps a lot, but, you know, you just have to stay the course.  You just got to stay in there.  You cannot be waffling or taking a poll to see what people think.  You have to do what you think is right.”

“The fact is prosperity has a purpose.  It’s to allow us to pursue ‘the better angels,’ to give us time to think and grow.”

“Courage is a terribly important value.  It means you don’t run away when things are tough.  It means you don’t turn away from a friend when he or she is in trouble.  It means standing up against the majority opinion.  There’s a lot of people who won’t wear it on their sleeve, or display it through some heroic act.  But courage is having the strength to do what’s honorable and decent.”

“Find something to do.  Get off the bench.  Don’t sit there whining, sucking your thumb, get in the game.”

“If you really want to make a difference, whether it’s in helping other people, or whether it’s in fighting for your country, or whether it’s in the political arena, or journalism, or physics, you’ve got to persevere.  You’ve got to understand that there are going to be some enormous bumps in the road.  They can be personal.  You can get hurt badly.  You can lose a friend, or a child, or a wife, or a husband.  But you’ve got to persevere, you’ve got to be guided by certain principles and stay the course.  If you quit, if you run away when the going gets tough, you won’t really understand what a full life is all about.”

“In crucial things, unity.  In important things, diversity.  In all things, generosity.”

“No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.”

“Don’t confuse being ‘soft’ with seeing the other guy’s point of view.”

“To those men and women in business, remember the ultimate end of your work: to make a better product, to create better lives.”

“In your brilliance, don’t turn your back on your friends.  Don’t think you’re entitled to something, you’re smarter than the next guy.”

“Don’t try to fine-tune somebody else’s view.”

“People must be free to work, to save, to own their own home, to take risks, to invest in each other and, in essence, to control their own lives.”

“We are not the sum of our possessions.”

“Think about every problem, every challenge we face.  The solution to each starts with education.”

“Education is the key to opportunity.  It’s a ticket out of poverty.”

“Education is not complete unless we teach our children not only how to read and write but the difference between right and wrong.”

“We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account.  We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves his home, his neighborhood and town better than he found it.”

“If I were to give advice to young people, high-achieving young people for example, I’d have to say: don’t neglect your family.  Politics is important, sitting at the head table is glamorous.  Traveling around the world, trying to do something for world peace was wonderful.  But family and friends and faith are what really matter in life.”

“And so, as they climb the ladder of achievement, I’d simply say: remember what Barbara Bush told those girls at Wellesley: ‘What happens in your house is more important than what happens in the White House.'”

“I know this about the American people: we welcome competition.  We’ll match our ingenuity, our energy, our experience and technology, our spirit and enterprise against anyone.”

“I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead.  For our problems are large, but our heart is larger.  Our challenges are great, but our will is greater.”

“My grandkids say, ‘Reality bites.’  Okay, but it also challenges and rewards.  I believe our best days are yet to come.”

“I was offered a job on Wall Street by my uncle.  But I wanted to get out.  Make-it-on-my-own kinda thing.”

“I think the major event that shaped my life was being a Naval aviator.  I got my commission and wings at 18 years old, and then I went into combat at 19.  And I think, as I look back on it, that whole experience probably shaped my life more than any incident, or any event.”

“I’m not concerned about anything anymore.  It’s kind of in the shadows.  There’s been a sea change on all of that.  Things that I felt passionately about, I just don’t anymore.  I think that goes… I think that goes with just being older and having had the privilege of having a full and active life, and now just fading, fading – fading away, like General MacArthur said.”

“History will point out some of the things I did wrong and some of the things I did right.”

“No regrets about one single thing in my life, that I can think of.  I mean, I’ve made mistakes, but they don’t measure up to regrets now.”

“When I was a little guy, I’d fear death.  I’d worry about it.  Be scared.  Not anymore.”

“You get to be 88, you were President of the United States and now you’re known for your socks.”

“Be strong, be kind, be generous of spirit, be understanding and let people know how grateful you are.  Don’t get even.  Comfort the ones you’ve hurt and let down.  Say your prayers and ask for God’s understanding and strength.  Finish with a smile and some gusto and do what’s right and finish strong.”

“I see history as a book with many pages, and each day we fill a page with acts of hopefulness and meaning.  The new breeze blows, a page turns, the story unfolds.  And so today a chapter begins, a small and stately story of unity, diversity, and generosity – shared, and written, together.”

“[On going to heaven] That’s where I want to go.”

Rest in peace, George H. W. Bush.

About the author: Cory Johnson likes big boobs, black coffee, witty writing; he’s worth $11 million; shaves his arms; makes six-figures a month talkin’ trash on his MacBook Pro.

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