presidents-day1Today, in the United States of America, we celebrate the birth of two of our greatest Presidents–George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The holiday is not about sales or just an excuse to go the beach, it’s about what each of these men contributed to the formation of our American character and our American nation.

Both men impacted our country in profound ways. On this day, I wanted to simply share some of their words.

George Washington

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism”

“Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.”

“I conceive that a knowledge of books is the basis on which all other knowledge rests.”

“Few men have virtue enough to withstand the highest bidder.”

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.”


Abraham Lincoln

“The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”


Wise words from wise men.



~ by kipwkoelsch on February 20, 2017.

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