The third Monday of every February is Presidents Day, a celebration of the Presidency of the United States. While upon its initial establishment, the day was more focused on George Washington, the holiday gradually opened up its focus to every President in the U.S. throughout history. However, select states still honor individual holidays as a tribute to Washington, as well as other Presidential icons such as Abraham Lincoln. With the many great minds that have led the country, it’s important to look back on the iconic quotes they’ve left us with. Let’s celebrate Presidents Day by looking back at some of the most memorable sayings from our former leaders.

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. ” -George Washington

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.” – Ronald Reagan

“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.” – Barack Obama

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” – Abraham Lincoln