Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents’ Day, is Monday, February 21, 2011 this year, and history buffs are already looking for quotes by Abraham Lincoln and George Washington.
Abraham Lincoln’s most famous quote is from the Gettysburg Address speech, “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
George Washington Quotes
- “I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie! I did cut it with my little hatchet.”
- “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence—it is force.”
- “I conceive that a knowledge of books is the basis on which all other knowledge rests.”
- “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”
- “Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
- “Doctor, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.”
- “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”
- “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
- “I am just going. Have me decently buried and do not let my body be into a vault in less than two days after I am dead. Do you understand me? . . . ‘Tis well.” (Washington’s last words)
Abraham Lincoln Quotes
- “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
- “God must love the common man, he made so many of them.”
- “Everybody likes a compliment.”
- “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
- “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”
- “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”
- “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
- “I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end… I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me.”‘
What’s Open, What’s Closed on Washington’s Birthday in Rhode Island
Locally here in Rhode Island, banks, some government offices, and most schools will be closed on Presidents’ Day 2011. Additionally, there is no mail delivery service as U.S. post offices in and around the Providence, Rhode Island area will be closed to observe the federal holiday. See more Presidents’ Day closings here: Presidents Day 2011: Washington’s Birthday, what’s open, what’s closed in RI.
Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day 2011 Articles
- Free Presidents Day coloring pages: Washington’s Birthday printables, activities
- List of American Public holidays for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 dates
- List of United States Federal holidays for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 dates
- When is Presidents’ Day 2011 and is Washington’s Birthday the same date?
- Presidents Day 2011: Washington’s Birthday what’s open, what’s closed in RI
- 2011 USPS Postal holiday closures list: No mail delivery on post office holidays
Sources: Quote Guarden; Brainy Quote; 123Holiday.net
Photo: Portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Wikimeida Commons. Public Domain.