That’s All, Folks!


Over almost 8 years I have enjoyed sharing this with you and it has been fun.  I’ve reached a lot of people and, based on various emails and comments to the blog touched a lot of people in a positive way.

However, as with all good things, it’s time to call it a day with this blog as the time commitments in my personal and professional life require me to make some cutbacks in the number of lists / blogs I maintain: this will be the last post to this site.  I will keep the content up for a while for people to peruse.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life over the years!

Best regards,

Michael Gallagher


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USA Presidential Quotes for Sunday

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

  • George Washington (1789-1797)

“A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man’s attention and to inflame his ambition.”

  • John Adams (1797-1801)

“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.”

  • Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

  • James Madison (1809-1817)

“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.”

  • James Monroe (1817-1825)

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

  • John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

“The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe.”

  • Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.”

  • Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)

“The prudent capitalist will never adventure his capital . . . if there exists a state of uncertainty as to whether the Government will repeal tomorrow what it has enacted today.”

  • William Henry Harrison (1841)

“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.”

  • John Tyler (1841-1845)

“Public opinion: May it always perform one of its appropriate offices, by teaching the public functionaries of the State and of the Federal Government, that neither shall assume the exercise of powers entrusted by the Constitution to the other.”

  • James K. Polk (1845-1849)

“It would be judicious to act with magnanimity towards a prostrate foe.”

  • Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)

“An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.”

  • Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)

“The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution.”

  • Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)

“The ballot box is the surest arbiter of disputes among freemen.”

  • James Buchanan (1857-1861)

“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

  • Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

“The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.”

  • Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)

“My failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.”

  • Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)

“Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office seeking.”

  • Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)

“We cannot overestimate the fervent love of liberty, the intelligent courage, and the sum of common sense with which our fathers made the great experiment of self-government.”

  • James A. Garfield (1881)

“If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth.”

  • Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)

“It is the responsibility of the citizens to support their government. It is not the responsibility of the government to support its citizens.”

  • Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)

“The disfranchisement of a single legal elector by fraud or intimidation is a crime too grave to be regarded lightly.”

  • Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)

“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.”

  • William McKinley (1897-1901)

“The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing.”

  • Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

“The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress.”

  • William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

  • Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

“”My God, this is a hell of a job! I have no trouble with my enemies . . . but my damn friends, they’re the ones that keep me walking the floor nights.”

  • Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)

“I have never been hurt by anything I didn’t say.”

  • Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)

“Peace is not made at the Council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.”

  • Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)

“A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers.”

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

  • Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)

“There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.”

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”

  • John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

“You ain’t learnin’ nothin’ when you’re talkin’.”

  • Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)

“Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you. Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.”

  • Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

  • Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977)

“The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.”

  • James E. Carter (1977-1981)

“Facts are stubborn things.”

  • Ronald W. Reagan (1981-1989)

“Don’t try to fine-tune somebody else’s view.”

  • George H.W. Bush (1989-1993)

“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.”

  • William J. Clinton (1993-2001)

“Recognizing and confronting our history is important. Transcending our history is essential. We are not limited by what we have done, or what we have left undone. We are limited only by what we are willing to do.”

  • George W. Bush (2001-2009)

“I think that health care, over time, is going to become more popular.”

  • Barack Obama (2009-)


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Quote of the Day for Saturday

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”

– Douglas Everett

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Quote of the Day for Friday

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

– General Douglas MacArthur

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Quote of the Day for Thursday

“It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

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Quote of the Day for Wednesday

“I am willing to put myself through anything: temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level. I am interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers, an often-painful process.”

– Diana Nyad

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Quote of the Day for Wednesday

“The real power behind whatever success I have now was something I found within myself – something that’s in all of us, I think, a little piece of God just waiting to be discovered.”

– Tina Turner

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Quote of the Day for Tuesday

“A good plan is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.”

– General George S. Patton

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Quote of the Day for Monday

“For they conquer who believe they can.”

– John Dryden

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Quote of the Day for Sunday

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

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