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50 George HW Bush Quotes From The 41st President

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Our latest collection of George HW Bush quotes on Everyday Power blog.

Former President George H.W. Bush died on Friday, November 30, 2018. He will be remembered best for his leadership of the United States at the end of the Cold War and his service spanning a life of 94 years.

Bush led such an eventful life. Before he became the 41st President of the United States, he had served as a WWII combat pilot for the Navy and as director of the CIA.

Even after his tenure in public service, Bush continued to inspire many with his faith and hope for a better future. To honor him, here are some inspirational George H. W. Bush quotes to remember our 41st president.

 

George HW Bush Quotes From The 41st President

 

1.) “I do not mistrust the future. I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater.” – George H. W. Bush

 

2.) “I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don’t always agree with them.” – George H. W. Bush

 

3.) “We are a nation of communities… a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.” – George H. W. Bush

 

4.) “I am not one who flamboyantly believes in throwing a lot of words around.” – George H. W. Bush

 

5.) “Old guys can still have fun and still do stuff.” – George H. W. Bush

 

george hw bush quotes on having fun

 

6.) “History will point out some of the things I did wrong and some of the things I did right.” – George H. W. Bush

 

7.) “I plan to put something back into society, and not at the head table, not always in the glamour, certainly not with a lot of news attention.” – George H. W. Bush

 

8.) “What’s wrong with being a boring kind of guy?” – George H. W. Bush

 

9.) “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

 

10.) “There is nothing more fulfilling than to serve your country and your fellow citizens and to do it well.” – George H. W. Bush

 

Inspirational George HW Bush quotes

 

11.) “Look to the very heart of Europe, to Berlin, and you will see a great truth shining brighter with each passing day: The quest for freedom is stronger than steel, more permanent than concrete.” – George H. W. Bush

 

12.) “International exchanges are not a great tide to sweep away all differences, but they will slowly wear away at the obstacles to peace as surely as water wears away a hard stone.” – George H. W. Bush

 

13.) “Be bold in your caring, be bold in your dreaming and above all else, always do your best.” – George H. W. Bush

 

14.) “I am a conservative, but I’m not a nut about it.” – George H. W. Bush

 

qeorge hw bush quotes on being a conservative

 

15.) “In crucial things, unity. In important things, diversity. In all things, generosity.” – George H. W. Bush

 

16.) “To all who mourn a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a friend — I can only offer you the gratitude of a nation, for your loved one served his country with distinction and honor.”  – George H. W. Bush

 

17.) “We are not the sum of our possessions.”  – George H. W. Bush

 

18.) “In the wake of the Cold War, in a world where we are the only remaining superpower, it is the role of the United States to marshal its moral and material resources to promote a democratic peace. It is our responsibility, it is our opportunity to lead. There is no one else.”  – George H. W. Bush

 

19.) “I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course. … Your success is now our country’s success. I am rooting for you.” – George H. W. Bush

 

20.) “You don’t have to go to college to be a success … We need the people who run the offices, the people who do the hard physical work of our society.” – George H. W. Bush

 

George HW Bush quotes on American and Freedom

 

21.) “We know what works. Freedom Works. We know what’s right. Freedom is right.” – George H. W. Bush

 

22.) “We don’t want an America that is closed to the world. What we want is a world that is open to America” – George H. W. Bush

 

23.) “I will keep America moving forward, always forward, for a better America, for an endless enduring dream and a Thousand Points of Light. This is my mission, and I will complete it.” – George H. W. Bush

 

24.) “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

 

25.) “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

 

26.) “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

 

27.) “I stand for anti-bigotry, anti-Semitism, and anti-racism.” – George H. W. Bush

 

george hw bush quotes on freedom

 

28.) “Freedom and the power to choose should not be the privilege of wealth. They are the birthright of every American.” – George H. W. Bush

 

29.) “America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms. As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.” – George H. W. Bush

 

30.) “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

 

George HW Bush quotes to remember him

 

31.) “Don’t confuse being ‘soft’ with seeing the other guy’s point of view.” – George H. W. Bush

 

32.) “Think about every problem, every challenge, we face. The solution to each starts with education.” – George H. W. Bush

 

33.) “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

 

34.) “The Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push, and I’ll say no, and they’ll push again. And I’ll say to them: ‘Read my lips, no new taxes.'” – George H. W. Bush

 

35.) “No generation can escape history.” – George H. W. Bush

 

george hw bush quotes to remember him

 

36.) “It’s much worse to read criticism about your son than yourself.” – George H. W. Bush

 

37.) “Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton, of all people? … It’s been an eye-opening and enjoyable experience for me to work with him on something truly apolitical,” – George H. W. Bush

 

38.) “Aging’s all right. Better than the alternative, which is not being here.” – George H. W. Bush

 

39.) “I’m elated, I’m just not an emotional kind of guy.” – George H. W. Bush

 

40.) “A President is neither prince nor pope, and I don’t seek a window on men’s souls. In fact, I yearn for a greater tolerance, an easy-goingness about each other’s attitudes and way of life.” – George H. W. Bush

 

More George HW Bush quotes

 

41.) “You cannot be President of the United States if you don’t have faith. Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial in the Civil War and all that stuff.” – George H. W. Bush

 

42.) “I hope my own children never have to fight a war.” – George H. W. Bush

 

43.) “I learned more from Ronald Reagan than from anyone I encountered in all my years of public life.” – George H. W. Bush

 

44.) “Losing is never easy. Trust me, I know something about that.” – George H. W. Bush

 

45.) “Let me tell you, this gender thing is history. You’re looking at a guy who sat down with Margaret Thatcher across the table and talked about serious issues.” – George H. W. Bush

 

46.) “Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They’ll tell you.” – George H. W. Bush

 

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47.) “There is no higher honor than to serve free men and women, no greater privilege than to labor in government beneath the Great Seal of the United States and the American flag.” – George H. W. Bush

 

48.) “Still hard to believe I had the honor to serve as President.” – George H. W. Bush

 

49.) “The heart of our government is not here in Washington, it’s in every county office, every town, every city across this land. Wherever the people of America are, that’s where the heart of our government is.” – George H. W. Bush

 

50.) “The world must know and understand: From this hour, from this day, from this hall, we step forth with a new sense of purpose, a new sense of possibilities. We stand together, prepared to swim upstream, to march uphill, to tackle the tough challenges as they come.” – George H. W. Bush

 

Which of these George HW Bush quotes was your favorite?

George Bush Sr will be remembered for many things, among them, his achievements in foreign policy and for arranging the world into much of its present order.

As we honor the 41st president of the free world, we hope his words of wisdom have inspired you to strive for a better tomorrow for yourself and for those around you.

Did you enjoy these George HW Bush quotes? Do you have any other quote to add to the list? Feel free to share it with us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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  1. Charles

    December 5, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Today is my birthday, a bittersweet day because it is also the funeral of George H. W. Bush. His quotes are inspirational, on the money and I will use a few because they have a special meaning for me. He was a brave patriot and a great President.

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