Monday, February 16, 2009

President's Day

New Voices is off today in honor of all 43 of our great American presidents. We've collected some of our favorite quotes to commemorate the day; some are about science and others just remind us of scientific things. Plus, it's always good to have a stock of quotes you can throw into a written piece or speech. Without further ado, the words of our presidents.

He who knows best knows how little he knows.
— Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
— Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers.
— Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

Don't hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don't hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table.
— John Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If all fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.
— Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-1945)

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
— Harry Truman (1945-1953)

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 (1953-1961)

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
— John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.
— Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)

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