Subscribe to get tough, fair journalism seven days a week.
Subscribe today

Their words still resonate

Millions of Americans will have a holiday on Monday, Feb. 19, known as President’s Day—to honor both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. They and millions of their fellow American residents will use that day to sleep in, enjoy a hobby or go shopping.

As with any holiday that honors a person, we hope that at least a bit of time is spent to think about Lincoln and Washington, specially, what they said. Lincoln was our most quotable president; what he said resonates to this day.

Some of his nuggets:

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

Our first president, George Washington, had his own set of quotes that live on through the ages and are as relevant today as in the 18th century:

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

“Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.”

The world is a different place than it was 200 years ago. People are the same, as they have been through millenia.

The lessons of our forebears ring true in the 21st century.