The Buck Stops Here – Tips for Becoming a Testing Commander in Chief

In honor of Presidents Day, some Presidential quotes that have inspired me:

George Washington:

“I conceive that a knowledge of books is the basis on which all other knowledge rests. “

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

“To err is nature, to rectify error is glory.”

John Adams:

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

James Madison:

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

Thomas Jefferson:

“We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”

“I cannot live without books. “

“It is much easier to avoid errors by having good information at first, than to unravel and correct them after they are committed.”

“Difference of opinion leads to inquiry, and inquiry to truth.”

Abraham Lincoln:

“At every step we must be true to the main purpose.”

“Important principles may and must be inflexible.”

“By all means, don’t say “if I can”: say “I will.”

Ulysses S Grant:

“The art of war is simple enough. Find our where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike at him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.”

James Garfield:

“I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty.”

“A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.”

Theodore Roosevelt:

“Actions speak louder than words. “

“We cannot do great deeds unless we are willing to do the small things that make up the sum of greatness. “

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, “Certainly, I can!” “Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

“The only man who makes no mistake is the man who does nothing.”

“I have never won anything without hard labor and the exercise of my good judgment and careful planning and working long in advance.”

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Woodrow Wilson:

“One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to be supplied is light, not heat. “

“I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose! “

Calvin Coolidge:

“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”

“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.”

Franklin D Roosevelt:

“Repetition does not transform a lie into truth.”

“There are as many opinions as there are experts.”

Harry S Truman:

“I never give them hell. I just tell the truth, and they think it is hell.”

“Any man who has had the job I’ve had and didn’t have a sense of humor wouldn’t still be here. “

“Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the solid instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought. “

Dwight D Eisenhower:

“Leadership: the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. “

“Our real problem, then, is not our strength today, it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.”

“Because we are human we err. But as free men we are also responsible for correcting the errors and imperfections of our ways.”

John F Kennedy:

“Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all. “

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. “

“The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain.”

“Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.”

Lyndon Johnson:

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. “

“There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to this: Deny your responsibility. “

Richard Nixon:

“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits. “

“The lesson all Americans can learn from Coach [Vince] Lombardi’s life is that a man can become a star when, above all else, he becomes an apostle of teamwork.”

Jimmy Carter:

“If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. “

“We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.”

Ronald Reagan:

“Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere. “

“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder.”

George H. W. Bush:

“You do not reform a world by ignoring it.”

William J Clinton:

“Our objectives are clear. Our forces are strong, and our cause is right.”

Barack H Obama:

“This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.”

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

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