“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” So said the legendary President Abraham Lincoln, perhaps the best politician in America’s history. Of course, not all presidents have such amazing insights. Sometimes, though, we’re left with utterances like, "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully,” thanks to George W. Bush. Do you think you really know the presidents who gave life to the famous quotes in our quiz?
Teddy Roosevelt was part man, part real-life action hero. It’s no surprise that he once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” He also offered up this timeless bit: “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” Do you know any other memorable quotes from American history?
Not all of the most famous quotes in presidential history are from decades ago. Others are recent, from those about seeking change to those that say one “didn’t inhale.” In the same vein, some of the most famous quotes are famous not because they’re wise, but because they are rather … suspicious. Do you remember any of the fishiest statements from the Oval Office?
Whether they’re insightful, silly or borderline dumb, these quotes from America’s presidents are already permanent inscribed in our shared history. Take our presidential quote quiz now!
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