Best Quotations From Past American Great Leaders

There are many ways to share the truth. In this article, I want to share some truths with you by providing us with some thoughtfully selected best quotations from past American prominent leaders. Personally, I like quotes, because most quotes are words of wisdom, revelation, and concise knowledge, and vision. The best quotations from past American leaders has much to teach us about leading with morality or what I called leading with the heart.

I selected the best quotations for us to reflect on during these days of all kinds of political and leadership chaos. There has been so much unrest, anger, confusion, and mistrust, politically, economically, and even spiritually around the world. Reading some of these quotes from the past influential leaders of old will be an excellent intellectual exercise.

These selected quotes are educating, motivating, and informative. Therefore, browse through, and I believe that you will find them refreshing and informative. As you can see, each quote has the name of the author. I hope it will be useful to you as they are to me. Let us delve into the voice of truth from men of moral and political courage in history. Enjoy the read! The best quotations from American outstanding leaders are a must-read!

“ I had rather starved and not keep the privilege of speaking the truth, then of holding all the offices that capital as to give from the presidency down.” BROOKS ADAMS.

“The deepest truth are best read between the lines, and for the most part, refuse to be written.” BROSON ALCOTT.

“Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie; he has to, make the life good for anything.”

“It is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so.” HENRY WARD BECECHER.

“As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in the excess of the demand.” JOSH BILLINGS.

“The ability to discriminate between that which is true and that which is false is one of the last attainments of the human mind.” JAMES FENIMORE.

“Truth is what stands the test of experience.” ALBERT EEINSTEINS.

Every truth leads in another. The bud estrudees the old leaf, and every truth brings that which will supplant it.” RALPH WALD EERRSON.

Men of the world value truth, in proportion to their ability not by its sacredness, but for its convenience.” RALPH WAODO EMERSON.

“Half the Truth is often a great Lie.” BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.

“Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.” ROBERT FROST.

WISDOM – Best quotations to reflect upon .

“Nothing astonied men so much as common sense and plain dealing.” RALPH WALDO.

“The Doors of Wisdom is are never shut”. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.

“Why can’t somebody give us a list of things that everybody thinks and nobody says, another list of

things that everybody says and nobody thinks?” OLIVER WENDELL.

“It is the province of knowledge to speak and is the privilege of wisdom to listen” OLIVER WENDELL.

“Wise man; one who sees the storm coming before the clouds appear.” Ibid.

“The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” WILLIAM JAMES.

“The wise know too well their weakness to assume infallibility; and he who knows most, knows best how little he knows.” THOMAS JEFFERSON.

“The years teach much what the days never know.” RALPH WALDO.


“Decency – generosity – cooperation – assistance in trouble  — devotion to duty; these are the things that are of greater value than surface appearances and customs”. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER. Best quotations to reflect upon.

“There are men whose manners have the same essential splendor as the simple and awful sculpture on the friezes of the Parthenon, and the remains of the earliest Greek art. RALPH WAPDP EMERSON.

“Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.” RALPH WALDO/

The best way to predict the future is to create it. - Peter Drucker

“The moral sense, or conscience, is as much a part of man as his leg or arm. It is given to all human beings in a stronger or weaker degree, as force of members is given them in a greater or less degree.” THOMAS JEFFERSON.

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few he well tried before you give them your confidence.” GEORGE WASHINGTON.

FREEDOM – Best quotations to reflect upon.

“Every generation must wage a  new war for freedom against new forces that seek through new device to enslave mankind.” 


The best way out of a difficulty is through it. – ANONYMOUS.

Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness — harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.  WILLIAM CULLEN BRANT.

Bad times have a scientific value. There are occasions a good learner would not miss.

The nearer the dawn and the darker the night.    Ibid.

Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.   JAMES RUSSELL.

When a man is finally boxed and he has no choice, he begins to decorate his box.   JOHN STEINBECK.

Laugh and the world laughs with you, Weep and you weep alone; /for the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.  ELLA WHEELER WILCOX

When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don’t take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do; then they act upon it, and if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it; if it fails, they generously give her the whole.

Trust men, and they will be true to you, treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.  RALPH WALDO EMERSON.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. No man has learned anything right until he knows that every day is Dooms-day.   RALPH WALDO EMERSON.

Beware of the young Doctor, & the old Barber REFLECTION, AND WISDOM

Teach your child to hold his tongue, he’ll learn fast enough to speak.  BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.

If you will keep your secrets from an enemy, tell it not to a friend.   BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.

Don’t hurry, don’t worry. You’re only here for a short visit. So be sure to stop and smell the flowers.  WALTER HAGEN.

Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially on politics. In the fevered state of our country, no good can ever result from any attempt to set one of these fiery zealots to rights, either in fact or principle. They are determined as to the facts they will believe, and the opinions on which they will act/ Get by them, therefore, as you would by an angry bull; it is not for a man of sense to dispute the road with such an animal.   THOMAS JEFFERSON.

Let us look into the minds of our past prominent politicians, thinkers, leaders, and philosophers. As we search for answers in these days of confusion, chaos, division, hate, and the global crisis. Let’ the voice of truth, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding guide us, that we will not get deceived or lose our great freedom. Therefore, let us listen up! The best quotations from American past prominent leaders have a great value and remember Truth has no expiration date!

As always, if you find this article useful, leave me your comment or question below.


8 thoughts on “Best Quotations From Past American Great Leaders”

  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of information with us. I must say I really did enjoy going through your review as it contains valuable information one needs to be aware of. I will definitely put in you saw all these nice quotes from past American great leaders. This courts have problem that we have had really intelligent leaders before

    1. Hi Josh, thanks for stopping by at my site and for your kind comment. I’m glad that you found it useful. There is much to learn from the wisdom of great thinkers and leaders of the past.

  2. American leaders indeed have great minds , these quotes are really captivating and also top notch as well. My favorite was this ,The ability to discriminate between that which is true and that which is false is one of the last attainments of the human mind” because it is really deep and very true as well and also very relatable 

  3. Thank ou for this quotes, I love that from Benjamin Franklin -half the truth is often a great lie. There is nothing like half the truth, you are either telling the truth or telling lies. Many time we try to manage situations by telling “half the truth”, we are only deceiving our selves by telling lies. Robert frost followed it in a similar light, We must learn to create change by telling the truth in and out of favor 

    1. Parameter, thanks for your candid comment. Speaking truth and believing the truth, is a virtue. Unfortunately, truth is being subjected to constant attack. Thanks for your comment, we have a lot we can learn from  past great American thinkers.

  4. Thank you for bringing all these here. These are great men who have ruled the great country of America and a lot more can still come from them. This quotations are really good for me and I have learned a lot from so many things they have said. Thank you for putting all these togyehr to share with us. Thanks 

    1. Liza, thank you for your kind comment. We owe these great thinkers our respect from generation to generation.

      I admire their wisdom and knowledge, and skills at such a time when there was no technological advancement as we have it today, which gives communication wings to fly.

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