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40 Presidential Quotes to Motivate Your Job Search


“Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.” – Abraham Lincoln


“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson


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


“You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.” – Jimmy Carter


“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt


“Accomplishment will prove to be a journey, not a destination.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower


“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Delay is preferable to error.” – Thomas Jefferson


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama


“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson


“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson


“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Never spend your money before you have earned it.” – Thomas Jefferson


“Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.” – Theodore Roosevelt


“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” – Barack Obama


“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.” – John F. Kennedy


“We can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson


“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln


“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” – Abraham Lincoln


“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” – Barack Obama


“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.” – Ronald Reagan


“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt


“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt


“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman


“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington


“Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.” – Gerald R. Ford


“I walked slowly, but I never walk backward.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy


“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” – George Washington


“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson


“It’s easier to do a job right, than to explain why you didn’t.” – Martin Van Buren


“Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln


“There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the weel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. They teach the truth by living it.”  James Garfield


“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”  Theodore Roosevelt


“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt


“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity.”  John F. Kennedy


“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln''

Last Updated: June 27, 2017
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