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Who Said It? The US Presidential Quotes Quiz
by Staff
Some presidents are known for their inspirational words of wisdom — others, not so much. Can you match these presidential quotes (profound and otherwise) to their rightful owners?

"Peace is a journey of a thousand miles, and it must be taken one step at a time."

  • Harry Truman
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jimmy Carter

"I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming."

  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Bill Clinton

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."

  • James Buchanan
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • John Quincy Adams

"There is nothing wrong in America that can't be fixed with what is right in America." 

  • Bill Clinton
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Barack Obama

"Man cannot live by bread alone. He must have peanut butter."

  • William McKinley
  • Gerald R. Ford
  • James A. Garfield

"And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." 

  • John F. Kennedy
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Theodore Roosevelt

"Speak softly, and carry a big stick."

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Warren G. Harding
  • Theodore Roosevelt

"I cannot live without books, but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object."

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Benjamin Harrison

"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace."

  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • George Washington

"A hippie is someone who talks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah."

  • Ronald Reagan
  • Richard Nixon
  • Jimmy Carter

"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
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • George H.W. Bush

"As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it."

  • Martin Van Buren
  • James Buchanan
  • Franklin Pierce

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." 

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

"With me it is exceptionally true that the presidency is no bed of roses."

  • William Henry Harrison
  • John Tyler
  • James Polk

"I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would like to have ended up a sports writer." 

  • Richard Nixon
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • George W. Bush

"Good ballplayers make good citizens." 

  • Harry Truman
  • Chester A. Arthur
  • William McKinley

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." 

  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Jimmy Carter

"Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt."

  • William H. Taft
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Herbert Hoover

"We must work to bind up the wounds of a suffering world — to build an abiding peace, a peace rooted in justice and in law."

  • Ronald Reagan
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Harry Truman

"Politics, when I am in it, makes me sick." 

  • Calvin Coolidge
  • William H. Taft
  • Andrew Johnson

"The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted." 

  • Zachary Taylor
  • Andrew Jackson
  • James Madison

"I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them."

  • George H.W. Bush
  • George W. Bush
  • Gerald Ford

"May God save the country, for it is evident that the people will not."

  • Millard Fillmore
  • James A. Garfield
  • Gerald R. Ford

"Social equality is not a subject to be legislated upon, nor shall I ask that anything be done to advance the social status of the colored man."

  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Ulysses S. Grant

"The happiness of society is the end of government."

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams

"I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."

  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush
  • Ronald Reagan

"Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear if we would only sit down and keep still."

  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Warren G. Harding

"I can command a body of men in a rough way, but I am not fit to be president."

  • Zachary Taylor
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Theodore Roosevelt

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

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Woodrow Wilson

"A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue."

  • George Washington
  • James Monroe
  • Andrew Johnson