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America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the Nation and gentler the face of the world.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1989

Read my lips: no new taxes.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988

Equality begins with economic empowerment.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988

I have nothing but contempt and anger for those who betray the trust by exposing the name of [CIA] sources. They are, in my view, the most insidious, of traitors.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, speech, Apr. 26, 1999

Weakness and ambivalence lead to war.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988

Our nation is the enduring dream of every immigrant who ever set foot on these shores, and the millions still struggling to be free. This nation, this idea called America, was and always will be a new world -- our new world.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, State of the Union Address, Jan. 31, 1990

Competence is the creed of the technocrat who makes sure the gears mesh but doesn't for a second understand the magic of the machine.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988

This is America ... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988

The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, State of the Union Address, Jan. 31, 1990

The fact is prosperity has a purpose. It’s to allow us to pursue "the better angels," to give us time to think and grow.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988

There is a God and He is good, and his love, while free, has a self imposed cost: We must be good to one another.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, RNC acceptance speech, August 18, 1988

They only name things after you when you're dead or really old.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, speech, Apr. 26, 1999

I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, news conference, Aug. 27, 1987

I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH, news conference, Mar. 22, 1990

There are truckloads of broccoli at this very minute descending on Washington. My family is divided. For the broccoli vote out there: Barbara loves broccoli. She has tried to make me eat it. She eats it all the time herself. So she can go out and meet the caravan of broccoli that’s coming in.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, news conference, Mar. 22, 1990

We're going to keep trying to strengthen the American family. To make them more like the Waltons and less like the Simpsons.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, statement at the 1992 Republican National Convention

The longer our graduation lines are today, the shorter our unemployment lines will be tomorrow.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, address to joint session of Congress, Feb. 9, 1989

If you believe that there's a being superior to yourself and that will guide you, strengthen you that helps a lot but, you know, you just have to stay the course. You just got to stay in there. You cannot be waffling or taking a poll to see what people think. You have to do what you think is right.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, Larry King Live, Sep. 5, 2005

I know this about the American people: We welcome competition. We'll match our ingenuity, our energy, our experience and technology, our spirit and enterprise against anyone.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, State of the Union Address, Jan. 31, 1990

I will never apologize for the United States — I don't care what the facts are.... I'm not an apologize-for-America kind of guy.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, commenting on the Navy warship USS Vincennes having shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in a commercial air corridor on July 3, killing 290 civilians, Time Magazine, Sep. 12, 1988

It is possible to tell things by a handshake. I like the "looking in the eye" syndrome. It conveys interest. I like the firm, though not bone crushing shake. The bone crusher is trying too hard to "macho it." The clammy or diffident handshake — fairly or unfairly — get me off to a bad start with a person.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, letter to Gary Hanauser, Sep. 18, 1979

It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, attributed, The Quotable Politician

I do not mistrust the future; I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1989

Abraham Lincoln truly inspired me. It wasn't just the freeing of the slaves, he kept the Union together. Some people even forget that today. What I think inspired me was the fact that in spite of being the President of the United States he retained a certain down-to-earth quality. He never got to be a big shot, and he cared about people.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, Academy of Achievement interview, Jun. 2, 1995

No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, address to joint session of Congress, Feb. 9, 1989

No generation can escape history.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, commencement address at Texas A&M University, May 12, 1989

My dog Millie knows more about foreign affairs than these two bozos.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, attributed as 1992 remark about Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Time Magazine, Oct. 30, 2000

I haven't sorted out the penalties. But I do know, I do know that I oppose abortion. And I favor adoption. And if we can get this law changed, everybody should make the extraordinary effort to take these kids that are unwanted and sometimes aborted, take the – let them come to birth, and then put them in a family where they will be loved. And you see, yes, my position has evolved. And it's continuing to evolve, and it's evolving in favor of life. And I have had a couple of exceptions that I support – rape, incest and the life of the mother. Sometimes people feel a little uncomfortable talking about this, but it's much clearer for me now. As I've seen abortions sometimes used as a birth control device, for heavens sakes. See the millions of these killings accumulate, and this is one where you can have an honest difference of opinion. We certainly do. But no, I'm for the sanctity of life, and once that illegality is established, then we can come to grips with the penalty side, and of course there's got to be some penalties to enforce the law, whatever they may be.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, debate with Michael Dukakis, Sep. 25, 1988

The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, State of the Union Address, Jan. 31, 1990

The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I'd add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.

GEORGE H. W. BUSH, Academy of Achievement interview, Jun. 2, 1995

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