You support and admire some of them. You loathe others. Some, truth to tell, you've never heard of.
But from one perspective, they are the 45 most successful men (and they're all men) in the history of the United States. They're the fewer than four dozen who have served as the U.S. president.
Here are more than 100 of the most intriguing things they ever said. Think of this as a quick history of the United States that you can read on your phone.
George Washington, 1789-1797
"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."
"The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges..."
"A government is like fire, a handy servant, but a dangerous master."
John Adams, 1797-1801
"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy."
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
"A government of laws, and not of men."
Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto."
"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."
James Madison, 1809-1817
"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy."
"In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority."
"A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country."
James Monroe, 1817-1825
"In a representative republic, the education of our children must be of the utmost importance!"
"The emigrants although of different parties and different religious sects all flew from persecution in pursuit of liberty."
"It is only when the people become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace, that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty."
"To impose taxes when the public exigencies require them is an obligation of the most sacred character, especially with a free people."
John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829
"The art of making love, muffled up in furs, in the open air, with the thermometer at Zero, is a Yankee invention."
Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837
"One man with courage makes a majority."
"When you get in debt you become a slave."
"Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error."
Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841
"It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't."
"The less government interferes with private pursuits, the better for general prosperity."
"Most men are not scolded out of their opinion."
"As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it."
William Henry Harrison, 1841
"Has anyone seen my coat? No matter, I'll do the speech without it."*
"The liberties of a people depend on their own constant attention to its preservation."
"The chains of military despotism, once fastened upon a nation, ages might pass away before they could be shaken off."
John Tyler, 1841-1845
"I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free."
"Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette-the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace."
"Here lies the body of my good horse, The General. For years he bore me around the circuit of my practice and all that time he never made a blunder. Would that his master could say the same."
James Polk, 1845-1849
"Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state."
"One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights."
"No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure."
Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850
"I have no private purpose to accomplish, no party objectives to build up, no enemies to punish-nothing to serve but my country."
"A strong reputation is like a good bonfire. When you have one kindled it's easy to keep the flame burning, even if someone comes along and tries to piss on it. But if you fall asleep and neglect it...You'll wake up with ashes."
"Stop your nonsense and drink your whiskey!"
"I would not be the mere President of a Party. I feel bound to administer the government untrammeled by party schemes."
Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853
"May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not."
"Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom."
"The man who can look upon a crisis without being willing to offer himself upon the altar of his country is not for public trust."
Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857
"If your past is limited, your future is boundless."
"While men inhabiting different parts of this vast continent cannot be expected to hold the same opinions, they can unite in a common objective and sustain common principles."
"There is nothing left to do but get drunk."
"Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion."
James Buchanan, 1857-1861
"Whatever the result may be, I shall carry to my grave the consciousness that I at least meant well for my country."
"I am the last President of the United States!"
Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865
"It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest."
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
"A day spent helping no one but yourself is a day wasted."
"Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters."
"The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it."
Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869
"Washington, DC is 12 square miles bordered by reality."
"The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people."
Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877
"In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins."
"If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon's but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other."
"The most confident critics are generally those who know the least about the matter criticized."
"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him."
Rutherford Hayes, 1877-1881
"Must swear off from swearing. Bad habit."
"Every expert was once a beginner."
"The President of the United States should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves his country best."
"The bold enterprises are the successful ones. Take counsel of hopes rather than of fears to win in this business."
James Abram Garfield, 1881
"Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption."
"A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil."
"Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim."
"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."
Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-1885
"I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damned business."
Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889 and 1893-1897
"It is said that the quality of recent immigration is undesirable. The time is quite within recent memory when the same thing was said of immigrants who, with their descendants, are now numbered among our best citizens."
"Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters."
"What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something?"
Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."
William McKinley, 1897-1901
"The American flag has not been planted on foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity's sake."
"That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime - to set an example - and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history."
"I have never been in doubt since I was old enough to think intelligently that I would someday be made President."
Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909
"I put myself in the way of things happening, and they happened."
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president."
William Howard Taft, 1909-1913
"No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people."
"Anyone who has taken the oath I have just taken must feel a heavy weight of responsibility. If not, he has no conception of the powers and duties of the office."
"Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever."
Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921
"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country."
"I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking."
"The object of love is to serve, not to win."
Warren Harding, 1921-1923
"I am not fit for this office and should never have been here."
"Treat your friend as if he will one day be your enemy, and your enemy as if he will one day be your friend."
"I don't know much about Americanism, but it's a damn good word with which to carry an election."
Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929
"I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can't be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort."
"One of the first lessons a president has to learn is that every word he says weighs a ton."
"I want the people of America to be able to work less for the government, and more for themselves."
Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-1933
"It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own."
"The only trouble with capitalism is capitalists; they are too damn greedy."
"Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945
"Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth."
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!"
"We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future."
"Go for the moon. If you don't get it, you'll still be heading for a star. Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of the creative effort."
Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953
"The buck stops here."
"A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it."
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."
Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-1961
"Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America."
"And I should like to assure you, my Islamic friends, that under the American Constitution, under American tradition, and in American hearts, this Center, this place of worship, is just as welcome as could be a similar edifice of any other religion. Indeed, America would fight with her whole strength for your right to have here your own church and worship according to your own conscience. This concept is indeed a part of America, and without that concept we would be something else than what we are."
"There are three stages of life: youth, maturity, and 'My, you're looking good!'"
"Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well."
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963
"No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try."
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969
"Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact."
"You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right."
"There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves."
Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974
"Never forget, the press is the enemy. The establishment is the enemy. The professors are the enemy. Professors are the enemy. Write that on a blackboard 100 times and never forget it."
"Rarely have so many people been so wrong about so much."
"When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal."
"I hereby resign this office of president of the United States."
Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977
"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have."
"If compassion and mercy are not compatible with politics then something is the matter with politics."
James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981
"If you don't want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying that you want a country based on Christian values. Because you don't!"
"The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless citizens."
Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989
"A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation."
"We must never remain silent in the face of bigotry. We must condemn those who seek to divide us. In all quarters and at all times, we must teach tolerance and denounce racism, anti-Semitism and all ethnic or religious bigotry wherever they exist as unacceptable evils. We have no place for haters in America -- none, whatsoever."
"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things."
George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993
"We ought to increase legal immigration for our country's advantage. The high-tech world we are now dominating is dependent on educated folks, but we're short...of workers. It is to our nation's advantage to encourage high-powered, smart people to come into our country."
"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."
William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001
"If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit."
"Work is about more than making a living, as vital as that is. It's fundamental to human dignity, to our sense of self-worth as useful, independent, free people."
"Sometimes there is a difference in what is legal and what ought to be done."
George Walker Bush, 2001-2009
"Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time."
"Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn't follow the great traditions of Islam. They've hijacked a great religion."
"I'm comfortable that I made the best decisions I possibly could."
Barack Hussein Obama, 2009-2017
"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope."
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
"History doesn't always move in a straight line. Sometimes it zigs and zags."
Donald J. Trump, 2017-
"They are evil people, the press, the media, they are bad people, and nobody, nobody lies like they do."
"I am the only one who can make America truly great again!"
"Nothing is easy, but who wants nothing?"
"Sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure."
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"