Monday Motivations – Presidents’ Day


Since today is Washington’s Birthday or Presidents’ Day as it has become widely known it seems appropriate to turn to the words of American Presidents for motivation and inspiration this week.   I’ve included quotes from former Presidents to collectively provide us motivation.


A poster from the 1890s informing customers that no business would be transacted that day.

I’ve selected ten Presidents from Washington to Kennedy to quote; it was somewhat difficult to cap the quotes at ten.  I could have very easily doubled that amount and included Presidents right through President Obama.  Which quote speaks to you and motivates you?  If I had to choose just one quote, I couldn’t.   The quotes attributed to Andrew Jackson and Calvin Coolidge would be my top choices because they remind me of the Nike mantra of Just Do It.  “Go In” and “Press On” speak to me as I’m a Just Do It kind of person.

George Washington – 1st American President

Term of Office: April 1789 – March 1797

Born:  February 22, 1732; Westmoreland County, Virginia, British America
Died: December 14, 1799; Mount Vernon, Virginia


Thomas Jefferson – 3rd American President

Term of Office: March 1801 – March 1809

Born: April 13, 1743; Shadwell, Colony of Virginia, British America
Died: July 4, 1826; Charlottesville, Virginia

John Quincy Adams- 6th American President

Term of Office: March 1825 – March 1829

Born: July 11, 1767; Braintree, Province of Massachusetts Bay (now Quincy, Massachusetts)
Died: February 23, 1848; Washington, D.C.


Andrew Jackson- 7th American President

Term of Office: March 1829 – March 1837

Born: March 15, 1767; Waxhaws border region between The Carolinas (exact location disputed), British America
Died: June 8, 1845; Nashville, Tennessee

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Abraham Lincoln- 16th American President

Term of Office: March 1861 – April 1865

Born: February 12, 1809; Hodgenville, Kentucky
Died: April 15, 1865; Washington, D.C.


Theodore Roosevelt – 26th American President

Term of Office: September 1901– March 1909

Born: October 27, 1858; New York City, New York
Died: January 6, 1919; Oyster Bay, New York


Calvin Coolidge – 30th  American President

Term of Office: August 1923 – March 1929

Born: July 4, 1872; Plymouth Notch, Vermont
Died: January 5, 1933; Northampton, Massachusetts


Harry S. Truman- 33rd American President

Term of Office: April 1945 – January 1953

Born: May 8, 1884; Lamar, Missouri
Died: December 26, 1972; Kansas City, Missouri



Dwight D. Eisenhower – 34th American President

Term of Office: January 1953– January 1961

Born: October 14, 1890; Denison, Texas
Died: March 28, 1969; Washington, D.C.


John F. Kennedy – 35th American President

Term of Office: January 1961 – November 1963

Born: May 29, 1917; Brookline, Massachusetts
Died: November 22, 1963; Dallas, Texas


Picture Credits:

No Business Transacted Poster: Edward Penfield [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Mount Rushmore: By Dean Franklin [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Jefferson Memorial: By Ingfbruno (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

John Quincy Adams: By George P.A. Healy (1813 – 1894) (American) (Artist, Details of artist on Google Art Project) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Andrew Jackson: Alexander Hay Ritchie [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Lincoln Memorial: By Jeff Kubina (Lincoln Memorial) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Mount Rushmore Entrance: XMattingly at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Harry S. Truman: By Unknown or not provided (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Dwight D. Eisenhower: By White House [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

John F. Kennedy: Aaron Shikler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


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