Speaking Candid-ate-ly: Words of the Presidents Quiz

Sure, we’re all more familiar with the words of our 16th president after the release of Spielberg’s Lincoln. And we all know that it was President Grant who said, “I know only two tunes: One of them is ‘Yankee Doodle,’ and the other isn’t.” (Don’t we?) But can you identify the commanders in chief who made the following 10 statements?

1. “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” (Hint: This president was in office when The Saturday Evening Post began publication—as The Pennsylvania Gazette.)

John Quincy Adams

Andrew Jackson

Abraham Lincoln

James Madison

2. “Few men have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”

James Monroe

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams

George Washington

3. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Barack Obama

Ronald Reagan

Woodrow Wilson

4. “I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Harry S. Truman

Andrew Jackson

Ulysses S. Grant

5. “I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damned business.”

Bill Clinton

Richard Nixon

Chester A. Arthur

Millard Fillmore

6. “If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you, and you have to battle with only one of them.”

Woodrow Wilson

Herbert Hoover

Calvin Coolidge

Theodore Roosevelt

7. “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

Andrew Jackson

George H.W. Bush

Franklin D. Roosevelt

John F. Kennedy

8. “America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense … human rights invented America.”

Barack Obama

Jimmy Carter

Bill Clinton

Gerald R. Ford

9. “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.”

Bill Clinton

Ronald Reagan

Herbert Hoover

Franklin D. Roosevelt

10. “If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it.”

George W. Bush

Abraham Lincoln

James A. Garfield

Millard Fillmore

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Question 1: “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” (Hint: This president was in office when The Saturday Evening Post began publication—as The Pennsylvania Gazette.)”

John Quincy Adams

Andrew Jackson

Abraham Lincoln

James Madison

Question 2: “Few men have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”

James Monroe

Thomas Jefferson

John Adams

George Washington

Question 3: “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Barack Obama

Ronald Reagan

Woodrow Wilson

Question 4: “I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Harry S. Truman

Andrew Jackson

Ulysses S. Grant

Question 5: “I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damned business.”

Bill Clinton

Richard Nixon

Chester A. Arthur

Millard Fillmore

Question 6: “If you see 10 troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you and you have to battle with only one of them.”

Woodrow Wilson

Herbert Hoover

Calvin Coolidge

Theodore Roosevelt

Question 7: “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

Andrew Jackson

George H.W. Bush

Franklin D. Roosevelt

John F. Kennedy

Question 8: “America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense … human rights invented America.”

Barack Obama

Jimmy Carter

Bill Clinton

Gerald R. Ford

Question 9: “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.”

Bill Clinton

Ronald Reagan

Herbert Hoover

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Question 10: “If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it.”

George W. Bush

Abraham Lincoln

James A. Garfield

Millard Fillmore