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20 Wise Life Lessons From Former United States Presidents

Regardless of your politics, these were smart dudes.

Not every Untied States President was a great man, but each was a wise man. Here are a few life lessons they taught at some point during their lives. Insightful. Clear. To the point. And always...well said.

"Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company." - George Washington

"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." - Bill Clinton

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." - John F. Kennedy

"When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, a hundred." - Thomas Jefferson

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." - Theodore Roosevelt

"It is by a thorough knowledge of the whole subject that people are enabled to judge correctly of the past and to give a proper direction to the future." - James Monroe

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

"Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in." - Andrew Jackson

"An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory." - Millard Fillmore

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing." - Abe Lincoln

"I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process." - Benjamin Harrison

"Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood." - William Taft

"Life takes its own turns, makes its own demands, writes its own story, and along the way, we start to realize we are not the author." - George W. Bush

""Piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose." - Jimmy Carter

"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." - John F. Kennedy

"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." - Theodore Roosevelt

"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat." - Woodrow Wilson

"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it." - Harry S. Truman

"Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care." - Theodore Roosevelt