“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” -Abraham Lincoln
Presidential quotes are points of reference for all Americans. They can be indicative of the mood of a nation, or where it wishes to go. For those interested in a collection of these expressions from our nation’s leader, you are in luck. The book Wisdom From The Oval Office is a collection of presidential quotes on various topics. Compiled by historian Pierce Word, this book is a great source of information for scholars. The quotes touch upon various themes, ranging from war, democracy, power, and much more.
Not merely a collection of well-known quotes, Word has compiled this collection featuring statements that may even surprise some historians from well studied presidents. Without giving too much away, it can be amazing how war time presidents can make the most profound statements in the interest of peace. Also, some remarkably candid quotes can be found here on the insular nature of power. Consider this quote from James Garfield: “The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think.”
For those who are interested in American history, and in particular some of the thinking of presidents on matters grand and general, Wisdom From The Oval Office is a great source.