Quotations by Bush, George H. W.


You do not reform a world by ignoring it.

George H. W. Bush (b. 1924) American politician, diplomat, US President (1989-93)
Commencement Speech, Yale University (27 May 1991)
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Just as Poland had a rebellion against totalitarianism, I am rebelling against broccoli, and I refuse to give ground. 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 (b. 1924) American politician, diplomat, US President (1989-93)
Comment at State Dinner for Polish PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki (21 Mar 1990)
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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 (b. 1924) American politician, diplomat, US President (1989-93)
Inaugural Address (20 Jan 1989)
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There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people.

George H. W. Bush (b. 1924) American politician, diplomat, US President (1989-93)
Inaugural Address (20 Jan 1989)
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We have a place, all of us, in a long story. A story we continue, but whose end we will not see. It is the story of a new world that became a friend and liberator of the old, a story of a slave-holding society that became a servant of freedom, the story of a power that went into the world to protect but not possess, to defend but not to conquer.

George H. W. Bush (b. 1924) American politician, diplomat, US President (1989-93)
Inaugural Address (20 Jan 1989)
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No, I don’t know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.

George H. W. Bush (b. 1924) American politician, diplomat, US President (1989-93)
News Conference, O’Hare Airport, Chicago (27 Aug. 1987)
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We cannot blame the schools alone for that dismal decline in SAT verbal scores. […] What happens at home really matters. And when our kids come home from school, do they pick up a book, or do they sit glued to the tube watching music videos? Parents: don’t make the mistake of thinking your kids only learn from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You are and always will be their first teachers.

George H. W. Bush (b. 1924) American politician, diplomat, US President (1989-93)
Speech, Lewiston Comprehensive High School, Maine (3 Sep 1991)
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Often misattributed to his son, George W. Bush.
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