Happy Presidents Day!

Did you know that the official designation of today’s holiday is Washington’s Birthday? (Not Presidents Day.) Read a long and involved explanation here.

Whatever! Here are some presidential quotes for you today. In honor of all our Presidents.

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

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.
~Abraham Lincoln

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
~Thomas Jefferson

I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
~John Adams

Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
~John F. Kennedy

(See below for a cool 4-minute video depicting our 44 presidents.)

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  3. Pam Halter on February 19, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    >Love the pic … thanks Timothy for clearing up that quote – that happens a lot and it’s a shame … and that president morphing thing was very cool!

  4. Kim Kasch on February 16, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    >Did you know that it was Gutzon Borglum, the son of Danish immigrants who carved the monument?

  5. raballard on February 16, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    >That is a very good pic of you and your family. Mt Rusmore is on my place to visit.

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. T. Anne on February 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    >Thanks Rachelle,
    I’ll share this with the kids. Love the pic!

  7. Jessica on February 16, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    >Well, I’m glad Timothy cleared that up! LOL I was about to say Adams cracked me up, but not in a good way for him.
    Great quotes, and so very true! Love ’em.

  8. Gwen Stewart on February 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    >Happy President’s Day! I love the George Washington quote. I relish our right to free speech even more as time goes on.

    My students think the Beethoven posters in my music room are George Washington. They’re typically more fascinated with the wigs than the music or the Presidency. And they ask good questions like, “Why would men with hair wear wigs? And then tie the wig back with a bow?”

    Such deep, meaningful discussions we have some days. šŸ˜‰

  9. Cheryl Barker on February 16, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    >I love the Abraham Lincoln quote. I am using it on my blog this week, too, along with some great info about a simple-to-do yet powerful pro-life prayer effort sponsored by another blogger. Hope everyone will come check it out and join your prayers with ours.

    By the way, great pic, Rachelle!

  10. Rachelle on February 16, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    >Thanks, Timothy!

  11. Marla Taviano on February 16, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    >I love the pic of your family.
    And the JFK quote.
    Happy Presidents Day!

  12. Sharon A. Lavy on February 16, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    >Thanks Tim~~ I like that quote better!

  13. Timothy Fish on February 16, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    Be careful about taking quotes out of context. The John Adams quote comes from a love letter he wrote to his wife. He was in Europe at the time and he was having trouble with British newspapers intercepting his letters and then publishing their contents. At a time when he desired and needed to share his job frustrations with his wife, John Adam unable to do so without fear of the news media criticizing him. A few sentences after the offending quote, John continues his thought, ā€œI think women better than men in general, and I know you can keep a secret as well as any man whatever.ā€

  14. Chatty Kelly on February 16, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    >Enjoy your day. My kids are off, so we’re going to one of those inside jumping places with the inflatable toys. Yehaw.

  15. Austin Gardner on February 16, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    >It was in the previous post and my reader only took me to that post. Sorry. Thanks.

  16. Austin Gardner on February 16, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    >Where’s the video? “(See below for a cool 4-minute video depicting our 44 presidents.)”

  17. Sharon A. Lavy on February 16, 2009 at 7:11 AM

    >Is that a new picture on your blog? Nice.

  18. Rachel on February 16, 2009 at 6:07 AM


    I FORGOT kids were out of school today. We are going to the G-Y-M in the morning and feeling no guilt. And then doing school in the afternoon. šŸ™‚

  19. ~Jamie on February 16, 2009 at 4:18 AM

    >I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
    ~John Adams

    I guess I am just quoting it because I can’t stop reading it šŸ™‚

    My my, how far we’ve come…