George W. Bush
"Free people will set the course of history."
"Free people will set the course of history."
"Liberty is the right and hope of all humanity."
"Liberty is the right and hope of all humanity."
"There is but one just use of power and it is
to serve people."
"There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people."
"Freeing people from oppression and despair
is eternally right."
"Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right."
"No people on earth yearn to be oppressed, or
aspire to servitude..."
"No people on earth yearn to be oppressed, or aspire to servitude..."
"We did not seek this war on terror, but this is the world as we find it."
"Our greatest responsibility is the active defense of the American people."
"We are serving in freedom's cause -- and that is the cause of all mankind."
"Our success in this war is often measured by the things that did not happen."
"As individuals, we know that suffering is temporary, and hope is eternal."
"The promise of faith is not the absence of suffering, it is the presence of grace."
"Faith gives the assurance that our lives and our history have a moral design."
"All governments that support terror are complicit in a war against civilization."
"America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people."
"The best hope for peace in our world is the
expansion of freedom in all the world."
"The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world."
"I have confidence in the promise of America because I know the character of our people."
"I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people."
"On September the eleventh, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country."
"Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended."
"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace"
"No act of the terrorists will change our purpose, or weaken our resolve, or alter their fate."
"The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands."
"Our work in the world is also based on a timeless truth: To whom much is given, much is required."
"Whenever people are given a choice in the matter, they prefer lives of freedom to lives of fear."
"When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror."
"We've not come all this way -- through tragedy, and trial and war -- only to falter and leave our work unfinished."
"Americans believe that the measure of a free society is how we treat the weakest and most vulnerable among us."
"Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them."
"The true history of my administration will be written 50 years from now, and you and I will not be around to see it."
"I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other: citizen of the United States of America."
"I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon."
"History has called America and our allies to action, and it is both our responsibility and our privilege to fight freedom's fight."
"By promoting liberty abroad, we will build a safer world. By encouraging liberty at home, we will build a more hopeful America."
"America will lead by defending liberty and justice because they are right and true and unchanging for all people everywhere."
"Americans of every party and background, Americans by choice and by birth, are bound to one another in the cause of freedom."
"We're committed to an historic long-term goal: To secure the peace of the world, we seek the end of tyranny in our world."
"Through the gathering momentum of millions of acts of service and decency and kindness, I know: We can overcome evil with greater good."
"The story of America is the story of expanding liberty: an ever-widening circle, constantly growing to reach further and include more."
"Do I forget the lessons of September 11th and take the word of a madman, or do I take action to defend our country? Faced with that choice, I will defend America every time."
"The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war."
"With those attacks, the terrorists and their supporters declared
war on the United States. And war is what they got."
"I've set a clear doctrine: America makes no distinction between the terrorists and the countries that harbor them. If you harbor a terrorist, you're just as guilty as the terrorists, and you're an enemy of the United States of America."
"I believe all these things because freedom is not America's gift to the world, it is the Almighty God's gift to every man and woman in this world."
"There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment and expose the pretensions of tyrants and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant. And that is the force of human freedom."
"Any government that supports, protects or harbours terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes."
"So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."
"Far from being a hopeless dream, the advance of freedom is the great story of our time. In 1945, there were about two dozen lonely democracies on Earth. Today, there are 122."
"Our offensive against terror involves more than military action. Ultimately, the only way to defeat the terrorists is to defeat their dark vision of hatred and fear by offering the hopeful alternative of political freedom and peaceful change."
"My fellow Americans, for as long as our country stands, people will look to the resurrection of New York City and they will say: Here buildings fell, and here a nation rose."
"During the darkest days of the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress and George Washington – I call him the first George W. – (laughter and applause) – urged citizens to pray and to give thanks and to ask for God's protection."
"Any outlaw regime that has ties to terrorist groups or seeks to possess weapons of mass destruction is a grave danger to the civilised world and will be confronted."
"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."
"America is a nation of prayer. It's impossible to tell the story of our nation without telling the story of people who pray. The first pilgrims came to this land with a yearning for freedom. They stepped boldly onto the shores of a new world, and many of them fell to their knees to give thanks."
"America stands for liberty, for the pursuit of happiness and for the unalienable right for life. This right to life cannot be granted or denied by government because it does not come from government, it comes from the creator of life."
"Across the generations, we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave. Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation's security and the calling of our time."
"Our war on terror begins with al-Qaida, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated."
"I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American. Iraqis will write their own history and find their own way."
"We have no intention of imposing our culture - but America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity..."
"Our Nation's founding commitment is still our deepest commitment: In our world, and here at home, we will extend the frontiers of freedom."
"And at ever step we are secure in knowing that suffering produces perseverance, and perseverance produces character, and character produces hope -- and hope does not disappoint."
"As I have met the heroes, hugged the families, and looked into the tired faces of rescuers, I have stood in awe of the American people."
"We honor the heritage of all who come here, no matter where they come from, because we trust in our country's genius for making us all Americans -- one nation under God."
"And our country must abandon all the habits of racism because we cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time."
"To everything we know there is a season — a time for sadness, a time for struggle, a time for rebuilding. And now we have reached a time for hope. This young century will be liberty's century."
"Our enemies in Iraq are good at filling hospitals, but they don't build any. They can incite men to murder and suicide, but they cannot inspire men to live in hope and add to the progress of their country. The terrorists only influence is violence and their only agenda is death."
"We believe that freedom can advance and change lives in the greater Middle East as it has advanced and changed lives in Asia, in Latin America, in Eastern Europe and Africa."
"Our war on terror is well begun, but it is only begun. This campaign may not be finished on our watch -- yet it must be and it will be waged on our watch."
"We have known freedom's price. We have shown freedom's power. And in this great conflict, my fellow Americans, we will see freedom's victory."
"My fellow citizens, the dangers to our country and the world will be overcome. We will pass through this time of peril and carry on the work of peace. We will defend our freedom. We will bring freedom to others and we will prevail."
"Our enemies send other people's children on missions of suicide and murder. They embrace tyranny and death as a cause and a creed. We stand for a different choice - made long ago, on the day of our founding. We affirm it again today. We choose freedom and the dignity of every life."
"Our enemies believed America was weak and materialistic, that we would splinter in fear and selfishness. They were as wrong as they are evil."
"In less than three years, the nation of Iraq has gone from living under the boot of a brutal tyrant to liberation, to sovereignty, to free elections, to a constitutional referendum, and to elections for a fully constitutional government."
"We're advancing our security at home by advancing the cause of freedom across the world, because, in the long run, the only way to defeat the terrorists is to defeat their dark vision of hatred and fear by offering the hopeful alternative of human freedom."
"Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our ideals. Eventually, the call of freedom comes to every mind and every soul. We do not accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we do not accept the possibility of permanent slavery."
"History has shown that free nations are peaceful nations. Think about all the bloodshed on the continent of Europe the past 100 years. In World War I and in World War II, there were bloody battles. Thousands of Americans went to Europe to fight in those wars and never came home. Democracy took hold in Europe, and today, Europe is whole, free, and at peace."
"The rise of a free and self-governing Iraq will deny terrorists a base of operation, discredit their narrow ideology and give momentum to reformers across the region."
"This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom."
"Prayer is a gift from Almighty God that transforms us, whether we bow our heads in solitude, or offer swift and silent prayers in times of trial. Prayer humbles us by reminding us of our place in creation. Prayer strengthens us by reminding us that God loves and cares for each and every soul in His creation. And prayer blesses us by reminding us that there is a divine plan that stands above all human plans."
"And all nations that fight terror, as if the lives of their own people depend on it, will earn the favorable judgment of history."
"We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbour them."
"Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."
"We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom. Not because history runs on the wheels of inevitability; it is human choices that move events. Not because we consider ourselves a chosen nation; God moves and chooses as He wills."
"America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength – tested, but not weary – we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom."
"America is a nation with a mission, and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace -- a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman."
"All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you."
"Some have shown their devotion to our country in deaths that honored their whole lives, and we will always honor their names and their sacrifice."
"The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."
"I will not forget this wound to our country, or those who inflicted it. I will not yield I will not rest I will not relent in waging this struggle for the freedom and security of the American people."
"The progress we and our friends and allies seek in the broader Middle East will not come easily, or all at once. Yet Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of liberty to transform lives and nations. That power brought settlers on perilous journeys, inspired colonies to rebellion, ended the sin of slavery, and set our Nation against the tyrannies of the 20th century."
"In this world of change, some things do not change: the values we try to live by, the institutions that give our lives meaning and purpose. Our society rests on a foundation of responsibility and character and family commitment."
"Our strategy in Iraq has three objectives: destroying the terrorists, enlisting the support of other nations for a free Iraq and helping Iraqis assume responsibility for their own defense and their own future."
"I ask our youngest citizens to believe the evidence of your eyes. You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers. You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs. Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself, and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country but to its character."
"We believe that when all Middle Eastern peoples are finally allowed to live and think and work and worship as free men and women, they will reclaim the greatness of their own heritage. And when that day comes, the bitterness and burning hatreds that feed terrorism will fade and die away."
"Today, the government of a free Afghanistan is fighting terror, Pakistan is capturing terrorist leaders, Saudi Arabia is making raids and arrests, Libya is dismantling its weapons programs, the army of a free Iraq is fighting for freedom, and more than three-quarters of al-Qaida's key members and associates have been detained or killed. We have led, many have joined, and America and the world are safer."
"After September the 11th, I looked at the world and saw a clear threat in Saddam Hussein. Saddam Hussein was an enemy of the United States. He was firing at American military pilots patrolling the no-fly zones. He was a state sponsor of terror. He was in open defiance of more than a dozen United Nations resolutions. He had invaded his neighbors. He had brutalized his people. He had a history of using and producing weapons of mass destruction. Saddam defied the will of the world. And because we acted to remove this threat, Saddam Hussein is in prison, he's on trial for his crimes, and the world is better for it"
"In Afghanistan, terrorists have done everything they can to intimidate people — yet more than 10 million citizens have registered to vote in the October presidential election — a resounding endorsement of democracy."
"The failure of freedom would only mark the beginning of peril and violence. But, my fellow Americans, we will not fail. We will persevere and defeat this enemy and hold this hard-won ground for the realm of liberty."
"The way out of this recession, the way to create jobs, is to grow the economy by encouraging investment in factories and equipment, and by speeding up tax relief so people have more money to spend."
"His (Kerry's) policies of tax and spend — of expanding government rather than expanding opportunity — are the policies of the past. We are on the path to the future — and we are not turning back."
"Our Nation this generation will lift a dark threat of violence
from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause,
by our efforts and by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter,
and we will not fail."
"Here in America, you'll find a nation that is fully modern, yet guided by ancient and eternal truths. The United States is the most innovative, creative and dynamic country on earth -- it is also among the most religious. In our nation, faith and reason coexist in harmony. This is one of our country's greatest strengths, and one of the reasons that our land remains a beacon of hope and opportunity for millions across the world."
"Free people are not drawn to violent and malignant ideologies -- and most will choose a better way when they're given a chance. So we advance our own security interests by helping moderates and reformers and brave voices for democracy. The great question of our day is whether America will help men and women in the Middle East to build free societies and share in the rights of all humanity. And I say, for the sake of our own security, we must."
"Americans believe that the measure of a free society is how we treat the weakest and most vulnerable among us. So each day citizens across America answer the universal call to feed the hungry and comfort the sick and care for the infirm. Each day across the world the United States is working to eradicate disease, alleviate poverty, promote peace and bring the light of hope to places still mired in the darkness of tyranny and despair."
"Here in America you'll find a nation that welcomes the role of faith in the public square. When our Founders declared our nation's independence, they rested their case on an appeal to the "laws of nature, and of nature's God." We believe in religious liberty. We also believe that a love for freedom and a common moral law are written into every human heart, and that these constitute the firm foundation on which any successful free society must be built."
"And I hope you will join me in expressing thanks to one American for the strength, and calm, and comfort she brings to our Nation in crisis: our First Lady, Laura Bush."
"We are a free nation, where men and women have the opportunity to achieve their dreams. No matter your background or circumstance of birth, in America you can get a good education, start a business, raise a family, worship freely and help elect the leaders of your community and country."
"When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive."
"They're for tax cuts and against them. They're for NAFTA and against NAFTA. They're for the Patriot Act and against the Patriot Act. They're in favor of liberating Iraq, and opposed to it. And that's just one senator from Massachusetts."
"This Nation was founded upon the belief that every human being is endowed by our Creator with certain "unalienable rights." Chief among them is the right to life itself. The Signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their own lives, fortunes, and honor to guarantee inalienable rights for all of the new country's citizens. These visionaries recognized that an essential human dignity attached to all persons by virtue of their very existence and not just to the strong, the independent, or the healthy. That value should apply to every American, including the elderly and the unprotected, the weak and the infirm, and even to the unwanted."
"And I have met with parents and wives and husbands who have received a folded flag, and said a final goodbye to a soldier they loved. I am awed that so many have used those meetings to say that I am in their prayers — to offer encouragement to me. Where does strength like that come from? How can people so burdened with sorrow also feel such pride? It is because they know their loved one was last seen doing good. Because they know that liberty was precious to the one they lost. And in those military families, I have seen the character of a great nation: decent, and idealistic, and strong."
"Now we go forward — grateful for our freedom, faithful to our cause, and confident in the future of the greatest nation on earth."
"It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your President. There have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatness of our country and uplifted by the goodness of our people. I have been blessed to represent this Nation we love. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other: citizen of the United States of America."
"And so, my fellow Americans, for the final time: Good night. May God bless this house and our next President. And may God bless you and our wonderful country."
Compiled by Thomas George