100 Quotes by George W. Bush

George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, led the country through a pivotal period marked by significant domestic and international challenges. His presidency was defined by the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, which led to the U.S. involvement in the global War on Terror. Bush's leadership during this time was characterized by his commitment to national security and the defense of American values. He also championed domestic policies such as education reform and the creation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit. However, his presidency was also marked by controversy, including the war in Iraq and criticisms of his administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina. Bush's tenure in office reflects the complexities of navigating a rapidly changing world while grappling with competing demands and expectations.

George W. Bush Quotes

The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country. (Meaning)

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They misunderestimated me. (Quote Meaning)

I know the human being and fish can co-exist peacefully. (Meaning)

One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures. (Quote Meaning)

I think we agree, THE PAST IS OVER. (Meaning)

One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror. (Quote Meaning)

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test. (Meaning)

I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family. (Quote Meaning)

Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done. (Meaning)

More and more of our imports are coming from overseas (Quote Meaning)

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I know that the human being and the fish can coexist peacefully. (Meaning)

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream. (Quote Meaning)

Most of our imports come from other countries (Meaning)

Reading is the basics for all learning. (Quote Meaning)

Will the highways on the Internet become more few? (Meaning)

It will take time to restore chaos (Quote Meaning)

We ought to make the pie higher. (Meaning)

I think war is a dangerous place. (Quote Meaning)

Don't misunderestimate me. . . . (Meaning)

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Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter. (Quote Meaning)

The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. (Meaning)

This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while. (Quote Meaning)

Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things. (Meaning)

We need an energy bill that encourages consumption. (Quote Meaning)

You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on. (Meaning)

Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions. (Quote Meaning)

Freedom can be resisted, and freedom can be delayed, but it cannot be denied. (Meaning)

Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Quote Meaning)

Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended. (Meaning)

Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again.

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.

Even grief recedes with time and grace. But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day, and to whom it happened. We'll remember the moment the news came -- where we were and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire, or a story of rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever.

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. (Quote Meaning)

To those of you who received honours, awards and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students, I say, you too can be president of the United States.

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

Freedom is not our gift to the world it is God's gift to humanity.

Islam is a vibrant faith. Millions of our fellow citizens are Muslim. We respect the faith. We honor its traditions. Our enemy does not. Our enemy doesn't follow the great traditions of Islam. They've hijacked a great religion.

America rejects bigotry. We reject every act of hatred against people of Arab background or Muslim faith America values and welcomes peaceful people of all faiths - Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and many others. Every faith is practiced and protected here, because we are one country. Every immigrant can be fully and equally American because we're one country. Race and color should not divide us, because America is one country.

A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it.

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.

The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love. As a child wanders and strays, finding his bearings, he needs a sense of absolute love from a parent. There's nothing wrong with tough love, as long as the love is unconditional.

Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos.

I respect every soldier, from every country, who serves beside us in the hard work of history. America is grateful, and America will not forget.

America is the land of the second chance - and when the gates of the prison open, the path ahead should lead to a better life.

The war in Iraq is a rare opportunity to move toward an historic period of cooperation. Out of these troubled times a new world order can emerge.

We will not waver, we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.

I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.

The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.

There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again.

Always chew on your pretzels before you swallow.

When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ, when you accept Christ as the savior, it changes your heart.

I think that there are certain principles which should guide decision-making for a president. One such principle was that we're all God's children, and every life is precious. To me, that's a moral statement.

One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.

Our enemies have made the mistake that America's enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat.

You see, we'll never be able to compete in the 21st century unless we have an education system that doesn't quit on children, an education system that raises standards, an education that makes sure there's excellence in every classroom.

I know the human being and fish can co-exist peacefully.

It has come to my attention, that air pollution is polluting the air!

One of my proudest moments is I didn't sell my soul for the sake of popularity.

When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive.

Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

All Americans must recognize that the face of terror is not the true faith - face of Islam. Islam is a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. It's a faith that has made brothers and sisters of every race. It's a faith based upon love, not hate.

The United States of America stands for: the ability for people to worship freely, the ability for people to vote and to express their opinion freely is something we hold dear.

Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty.

The fight against terrorism is not limited to America. Europe, Russia, Indonesia, Australia, the Phillipines, all have had their share of it, and all the leaders have been very cooperative in our efforts. But it is for America to lead, and we will.

One principle is the universality of freedom. I'm a freedom lover.

More and more of our imports are coming from overseas

There ought to be limits to freedom.

Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.

We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions - by abandoning every value except the will to power - they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.

My administration has a job to do and we're going to do it. We will rid the world of the evil-doers.

Some of the comments that have been uttered about Islam do not reflect the sentiments of my government or the sentiments of most Americans. Islam, as practiced by the vast majority of people, is a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others. Ours is a country based upon tolerance and we welcome people of all faiths in America.

I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.

People love America. Sometimes they don't like the decisions made by America, but I don't think you want a president who tries to become popular and does the wrong thing.

When it comes to the education of our children... failure is not an option.

Americans practice different faiths in churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. And many good people practice no faith at all.

According to Muslim teachings, God first revealed His word in the Holy Qur'an to the prophet, Muhammad, during the month of Ramadan. That word has guided billions of believers across the centuries, and those believers built a culture of learning and literature and science. All the world continues to benefit from this faith and its achievements.

I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.

As Americans, we want peace - we work and sacrifice for peace. But there can be no peace if our security depends on the will and whims of a ruthless and aggressive dictator. I'm not willing to stake one American life on trusting Saddam Hussein.

Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories.

There seems to be a lot of name-calling going on, but I want to remind you what our good dad told me one time. Labels are for soup cans.

The fingers and toes and beating hearts that we can see on an unborn child's ultrasound come with something that we cannot see: a soul

America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman.

Running for president was a good decision.

If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road.

War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing.

Will the highways on the Internet become more few?

I understand small business growth. I was one.

It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.

I have written a book. This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn't think I could read, much less write.

No one was more shocked or angry than I was when we didn't find the weapons. I had a sickening feeling every time I thought about it. I still do.

America stands for liberty, for the pursuit of happiness and for the unalienable right for life. This right to life cannot be granted or denied by government because it does not come from government, it comes from the creator of life.

My point is that she's [Laura Bush] busy and I'm busy, which makes our marriage not only interesting but exciting.

The thing that's wrong with the French is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur

One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.

I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.

The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.

Reading history while you make history can teach you a lot.

I believe that God wants me to be president.

In the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold.

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers.

Tony Blair made decisions on what he thought was best for the people of Great Britain, and I made decisions on what I thought was best for Americans. And I really don't view our relationship as one of quid pro quo. I view our relationship as one of strong allies and friends working together for the common good.

I regret not finding Osama Bin Laden.

I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.

We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. (Meaning)

Reading is the basics for all learning.

This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.

The point now is how do we work together to achieve important goals. And one such goal is a democracy in Germany.

I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

God told me to strike at al Qaeda and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam [Hussein], which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.

You work three jobs? Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." To a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005

I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf.

Wait a minute. What did you just say? You're predicting $4-a-gallon gas? That's interesting. I hadn't heard that.

The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself.

We salute our veterans of Pearl Harbor and World War II, whose sacrifices saved democracy during a dark hour. In their memory, a new generation of our Armed Forces goes forward against new enemies in a new era. Once again, we pledge to defend freedom, secure our homeland, and advance peace around the world. Americans have been tested before, and our Nation will triumph again.

Do I think faith will be an important part of being a good president? Yes, I do.

In the past we entrusted money to the government sector and the government sector simply did not spend the money wisely. And that is why we need reforms, but the government sector is not being reformed.

Everywhere that freedom stirs, let tyrants fear.

America's making a long-term commitment to help the people of Lebanon because we believe every person deserves to live in a free, open society that respects the rights of all.

Removing Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency, it is the right decision now, and it will be the right decision ever.

The proper response to difficulty is not to retreat. It is to prevail.

The United States and Israel have enjoyed a friendship built on mutual respect and commitment to democratic principles. Our continuing search for peace in the Middle East begins with a recognition that the ties uniting our two countries can never be broken.

People have access to health care in America. After all, you just go to an emergency room.

I know that the human being and the fish can coexist peacefully.

Sometimes, words have consequences you don't intend them to mean.

There are cameras nowadays that have been developed to tell the difference between a squirrel and a bomb.

You can't put democracy and freedom back into a box.

The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to the worship of one God, as revealed through The Holy Qu'ran. It teaches the value and importance of charity, mercy, and peace.

I may be the only person, the only presidential candidate who never carried the state in which he was born.

I believe law-abiding citizens ought to be able to own a gun. I believe in background checks at gun shows or anywhere to make sure that guns don't get in the hands of people that shouldn't have them.

May He guide us now. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

I am a person who looks long-term, and I recognize the path we need to take. There will be moments when people are unhappy and disgruntled with some decision-making. Nonetheless, what matters most is to reach the destination. And my job as President is to see clearly where I want to go and be steadfast in my resolve to realize that vision

I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.

Our Founding Fathers understood that our country would survive and flourish if our Nation was committed to good character and an unyielding dedication to liberty and justice for all.

Just remember it's the birds that's supposed to suffer, not the hunter.

The Democrats believe they need more of your money to spend because they can spend it better than you can. But you know, sometimes philosophers don't act.

The solid truth of the matter is, when you find - if you want to help heal the hurt, if you want to hurt people and - help people in pain, the best way to do so is to call upon the great strength of the country, which is the compassion of our fellow Americans.

America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world, and no one will keep that light from shining.

I do not believe the promises of the Declaration of Independence are just for the strong, the independent, the healthy. They are for everyone-including unborn children. We are a society with enough compassion and wealth and love to care for both mothers and their children, to seek the promise and potential in every life.

These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.

Through adoption, Americans can forever change not only a child's life but also their own.

Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States.

Free people will set the course of history.

Eight years was awesome and I was famous and I was powerful.

I ask you to uphold the values of America and remember why so many have come here. We're in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith.

Time is passing...yet for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th.

Faith gives the assurance that our lives and our history have a moral design.

I don't worry about long-term history. I won't be around to read it.

Politics comes and goes, but your principles don't. And everybody wants to be loved -- not everybody. ... You never heard anybody say, 'I want to be despised, I'm running for office.'

I fully understand it's important to maintain the separation of church and state. We don't want the state to become the church, nor do we want the church to become the state.

I'm not so sure the role of the United States is going around the world saying this is the way its gotta be.

The United States is a Christian nation founded upon Christian principles and beliefs.

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather together and express gratitude for all that we have been given, the freedoms we enjoy, and the loved ones who enrich our lives. We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God.

Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time everywhere

I suspected there would be a good-size crowd once the word got out about my hanging.

On this National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, we ask almighty God to watch over our nation, and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.

I favor leaving up to a woman and her doctor the abortion question.

Some have argued that confronting the threat from Iraq could detract from the war against terror. To the contrary, confronting the threat posed by Iraq is crucial to winning the war on terror.

I do not like abortions. I will do everything in my power to restrict abortion.

I've reminded the prime minister-the American people, Mr. Prime Minister, over the past months that it was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship.

― George W. Bush Quotes

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