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Presidents’ Day: Educational Quotes By U.S. Presidents

A great leader is most known for his ability to inspire action through well-crafted words. Throughout history, U.S. leaders have delivered powerful speeches that have sparked change within the nation. With education a top priority, they have made powerful statements about learning and education.

Presidents' Day: Educational Quotes by U.S. Presidents

This Presidents’ Day, we celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present by sharing 10 educational quotes made by U.S. presidents:

  • If we want to invest in the prosperity of our nation, we must invest in the education of our children so that their talents may be fully employed. | Bill Clinton, 42nd President
  • If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. | Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President
  • Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. | John F. Kennedy, 35th President
  • Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak and write. | John Adams, 2nd President
  • The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create. | Barack Obama, 44th President
  • The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music. | Gerald Ford, 38th President
  • You see, we’ll never be able to compete in the 21st century unless we have an education system that doesn’t quit on children, an education system that raises standards, an education that makes sure there’s excellence in every classroom. | George W. Bush,  43rd President
  • Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. | John F. Kennedy, 35th President
  • The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail. | George Washington, 1st President
  • Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having. | Ronald Reagan, 40th President



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