February 16, 2009

President's Day

Today is the 3rd Monday of February and that means it's President's Day. In 1971, President Nixon combined two previous federal public holidays honoring Lincoln's Birthday (Feb 12) and Washington's Birthday (Feb 22) into one day that honored all past presidents of the United States. On this federal public holiday, banks and post offices are closed in the US, but most employed people must still put their nose to the grind stone (& read a few blog posts along the way.)

In case you get a presidential pop quiz from your boss later on today, here is some info on past presidents. And if you really want to impress, quote some Lincoln. Here are some of my favorites from our 16th president:

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

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.

Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.

I will prepare and some day my chance will come.

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

What's your favorite presidential quote?


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