It's pretty clear that our most inspirational leaders weren't just amazing politicians who knew how to help those in need domestically and approach foreign enemies; they also delivered powerful and memorable speeches that we still carry with us today. These speeches gave the country hope in times of despair, peace in times of war and courage in times of peril. A strong, united country is only as strong as its leader — no matter where on the political spectrum that leader stands.
For this reason, it's important to remember how the country's leaders have kept America together in times of chaos and terror. Looking more closely at what these presidents were saying and how their words affected the country reveals something about our innate need to hear a powerful leader tell us everything is going to be all right. We want a president whose words will help maintain peace and happiness within our borders and around the world.
This article contains 25 memorable quotes from past presidents. If you don't recognize some, you will be able to see how the messages evolved over the years, showing us exactly what it means to be an American. Take a look at what some of the most powerful leaders in history have said to the public and what their words actually mean.