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Learning about Famous American Quotes: Part One

March 8, 2016 Hastings and Hastings

There is nothing quite like a good quote to stir the imagination, rouse enthusiasm, and boost morale. If you are ever feeling down or confused or unmotivated sometimes a quote can turn your mood right around. Today in the Hastings & Hastings blog, we are going to learn about a few famous American quotes which will be sure to stick in your mind.


My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country

  • John F. Kennedy


In a single, brief sentence, President John F. Kennedy delivered what may be one of the most famous quotes ever given. It was part of the Inaugural Address delivered by President Kennedy on January 20th, 1961. The Cold War was in full swing and Americans felt as If they were on the precipice of disaster. President Kennedy rallied the country with this clear call to action. He placed the needs of the many over the needs of the few. He called on all Americans do to their duty and make sacrifices. His powerful words have stayed with us ever since.

“I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.”

  • George Washington

George Washington, our very first president, set a such a high standard of excellence that modern presidents still struggle to meet it today. Nothing encapsulates President Washington’s philosophy quite like this simple quote. His sole mission was to “promote the public good”, or to or to fight for the betterment of the American people. Most importantly, President Washington was entirely uninterested in glory or attention. We wanted his deeds to speak for themselves. For President Washington, contributing to the good of the country was its own reward.