George W. Bush Quotes

Compassionate conservatism.

1999 campaign slogan.

Some people say that I proved that if you get a C average, you can end up being successful in life.

1st September, 1999. Campaigning at a grade school in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Now, some say it is unfair to hold disadvantaged children to rigorous standards. I say it is discrimination to require anything less—the soft bigotry of low expectations.

2nd September, 1999. Los Angeles, speech to Latin American Business Association.

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

11th January, 2000. Speech in Florence, South Carolina.

I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.

19th February, 2000. Quoted in New York Daily News.

If we’re an arrogant nation, they’ll resent us. If we’re a humble nation but strong, they’ll welcome us.

11th October, 2000. 2nd Presidential Debate.

To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be president of the United States.

21st May, 2001. Commencement address at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut.

We will make no distinction between terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

12th September, 2001. Television address.

I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

14th September, 2001. To someone who shouted “I can’t hear you” at the World Trade Center site in New York.

It is time for us to win the frist war of the 21st century.

16th September, 2001. Press conference.

I want justice. And there’s an old poster out West, that I recall, that said, “Wanted, Dead or Alive.”.

17th September, 2001. Remarks at the Pentagon.

We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.

20th September, 2001. Address to joint session of Congress.

Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.

20th September, 2001. Address to joint session of Congress.

We have seen their kind before. They’re the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, by abandoning every value except the will to power, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history’s unmarked grave of discarded lies.

20th September, 2001. Address to joint session of Congress.
The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.

20th September, 2001. Address to joint session of Congress.

When I take action, I’m not going to fire a two million-dollar missile at a ten-dollar empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.

24th September, 2001. Quoted in Newsweek.

States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.

29th January, 2002. State of the Union Address. (States are Iran, Iraq and North Korea)

America has, and intends to keep, military strengths beyond challenge, thereby making the destabilizing arms races of other eras pointless, and limiting rivalries to trade and other pursuits of peace.

1st June, 2002. Speech at West Point.

All the world now faces a test, and the United Nations a difficult and defining moment. Are Security Council resolutions to be honored and enforced, or cast aside without consequence? Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding or will it be irrelevant?

12th September, 2002. Speech to United Nations General Assembly in New York.

This looks like a rerun of a bad movie and I’m not interested in watching it.

22nd January, 2003. Commenting on pressure to give Iraq more time to disarm, quoted in Washington Post.

The cause of exploration and discovery is not an option we choose; it is a desire written in the human heart.

4th February, 2003. Memorial speech for the seven crew members killed in space shuttle Columbia which had been destroyed three days earlier.

Saddam Hussein and his sons must leave Iraq within 48 hours. Their refusal to do so will result in military conflict, commenced at a time of our choosing.

17th March, 2003. Broadcast.

My fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.

1st May, 2003. Address on board USS Abraham Lincoln.

I’m the master of low expectations.

4th June, 2003. Press interview.

My answer is bring ’em on.

2nd July, 2003. Press conference. Referring to insurgent attacks on American troops.

The best way to get the news is from objective sources, and the most objective sources I have are the people on my staff who tell me what’s happening in the world.

22nd September, 2003. Interview on Fox News with Britt Hume.

There is a higher father that I appeal to.

2004. On why he didn’t consult his father, former president George Bush, on going to war. Quoted in Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward.

America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.

20th January, 2004. State of the Union Address.

Freedom is on the march.

2004 campaign slogan.

In Texas, we don’t do nuance.

28th March, 2004. Remark to a CNN reporter Candy Crowley.

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

5th August, 2004. Speech on signing an appropriations bill for Department of Defense.

Catastrophic success.

29th August, 2004. Interview in Time magazine.

I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.

4th November, 2004. Press conference.

The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

20th January, 2005. Second Inaugural Address.