"If anyone tells you that America's best days are behind her, they're looking the wrong way."
"The United States is the best and fairest and most decent nation on the face of the earth."
"Don't try to fine-tune somebody else's view."
"I want a kinder, gentler nation."
America will never run... And we will always be grateful that liberty has found such brave defenders.
History is moving, and it will tend toward hope, or tend toward tragedy.
If America shows weakness and uncertainty, the world will drift toward tragedy. That will not happen on my watch.
America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.
The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings.
God is not on the side of any nation, yet we know He is on the side of justice. Our finest moments [as a nation] have come when we faithfully served the cause of justice for our own citizens, and for the people of other lands.
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.
I think we agree, the past is over.
Chew before you swallow.
George W. Bush, On TV, about his passing out eating a pretzel
I believe that freedom is the deepest need of every human soul.
Every nation in every region now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.
We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength; they are invited by the perception of weakness. And the surest way to avoid attacks on our own people is to engage the enemy where he lives and plans. We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities.
We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.
You know what's interesting about Washington? It's the kind of place where second-guessing has become second nature.
By heritage and by choice, the United States of America will make that stand.
For too long, many nations, including my own, tolerated, even excused, oppression in the Middle East in the name of stability. Oppression became common, but stability never arrived. We must take a different approach. We must help the reformers of the Middle East as they work for freedom, and strive to build a community of peaceful, democratic nations.
The advance of liberty is the path to both a safer and better world.
The desire for freedom resides in every human heart. And that desire cannot be contained forever by prison walls, or martial laws, or secret police. Over time, and across the Earth, freedom will find a way.
We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace. We know that oppressive governments support terror, while free governments fight the terrorists in their midst. We know that free peoples embrace progress and life, instead of becoming the recruits for murderous ideologies.
America has never been an empire. We may be the only great power in history that had the chance, and refused – preferring greatness to power and justice to glory.
American foreign policy must be more than the management of crisis. It must have a great and guiding goal: to turn this time of American influence into generations of democratic peace.
In the defense of our nation, a president must be a clear-eyed realist. There are limits to the smiles and scowls of diplomacy. Armies and missiles are not stopped by stiff notes of condemnation. They are held in check by strength and purpose and the promise of swift punishment.
The case for trade is not just monetary, but moral. Economic freedom creates habits of liberty. And habits of liberty create expectations of democracy.
They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.
Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity.
I believe that God has planted in every human heart the desire to live in freedom. And even when that desire is crushed by tyranny for decades, it will rise again.