WHAT I MEANT TO SAY

by George Bush,

As Told to: Your Friend,

Stephanie G. Pierce,

"Artist to the Stars"



copyright S.G. Pierce 2005


This little book compares what George Bush, the President of the Free World, said with what he either actually meant to say, what he should have meant to say, or what he probably meant to say, by comparing his actual words with quotes from literary figures throughout history. It starts a little slow, just like the president himself, so that the themes can emerge clearly in the tiny time it takes to read this tome.


                                                                        TABLE OF CONTENTS

Ah God! Had I but studied
In the days of my foolish youth.
Francois Villon 1421-c.1465
Curiosity is one of the permanent and
certain characteristics of a curious mind.
Samuel Johnson 1751

There is nothing so ridiculous
but some philosopher has said it.
Marcus Tullius Cicero 106-43 B.C.
"Tut tut, child," said the Duchess, "everything's
got a moral if only you can find it.
Lewis Carroll 1865


He was but as the cuckoo is in June,
Heard, not regarded.
William Shakespeare 1596-97
Take short views, hope for the best,
and trust in God!
Sydney Smith 1855

When in doubt, tell the truth.
Mark Twain 1897
How divine is utterance!....
As we to the brutes, poets are to us.
George Meredith 1885


We come too late not to say anything
that has not been said already.
Jean de La Bruyere 1688
He doth nothing but talk of his horse.
William Shakespeare 1596




Ah God! Had I but studied
In the days of my foolish youth.
Francois Villon 1421-c.1465

Tribal sovereignty means that it's sovereign...[Y]ou've been given sovereignty and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities.

George Bush 8/6/04

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Sigmund Freud 1856-1939


You might want to comment on that, Honorable.

George Bush 7/15/00

All zeal, Mr. Easy.

Frederick Marryat 1836


They misunderestimated me.

George Bush 11/6/00

There is less in this than meets the eye.
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead

1922


We've tripled the amount of money--I believe it's from $50 million up to $195 million available.
George Bush 3/23/02

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
Bertrand Russell, Earl Russell 1901


I recently met with the finance minister of the Palestinian Authority, was very impressed by his grasp of finances.

George Bush 5/29/03

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir.

William Bliss Carman 1861-1929


There's not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like me.

George Bush 6/9/00

"If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble..."the law is a ass, a idiot."

Charles Dickens 1836-37


I hope we get to the bottom of the answer. It's what I'm interested to know.

George Bush 4/26/00

Something deeply hidden had to be behind things.

Albert Einstein 1964


The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law.

George Bush 11/22/00

It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is...If two laws conflict with each other, the courts must decide on the operation of each... This is of the very essence of judicial duty.

John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison (1803)


I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I assured all four of these leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is, they pass the laws and I execute them.

George Bush 12/18/00

A donkey appears to me like a horse translated into Dutch.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg 1798


What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think, vulcanize society.

George Bush 1/21/00

We are dancing on a volcano.

Narcisse Achille, Comte de Salvandy 1830


It's very important for people to understand that when there's more trade, there's more commerce.

George Bush 4/21/01

Mathematics is the science which draws necessary conclusions.

Benjamin Peirce 1870


But if you've been laid off work, you're 100 percent unemployed, and I worry about it.

George Bush 9/3/01

Absence of occupation is not rest, A mind quite vacant is a mind distress'd.

William Cowper 1779


The fact that he relies on facts--says things that are not factual--are going to undermine his campaign.

George Bush 3/4/00

Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.

Samuel Butler 1912


Over the long term, the most effective way to conserve energy is by using energy more efficiently.

George Bush 5/12/01

e=mc2

Albert Einstein


There is nothing so ridiculous but some philosopher has said it.

Marcus Tullius Cicero 106-43 B.C.


First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill.

George Bush 5/19/03

In other countries, poverty is a misfortune--with us it is a crime.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Baron Lytton 1803-1873


In other words, I don't think people ought to be compelled to make the decision which they think is best for their family.

George Bush 12/11/02

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Yogi Berra


Sometimes, Washington is one of these towns where the person--people-- who think they've got the sharp elbow is the most effective person.

George Bush 12/3/02

The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor.

William Butler Yeats 1913


[I] hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.

George Bush 1/18/01

A minute's success pays the failure of years.

Robert Browning 1886


[Q]uality of life is more than just blocking shots.

George Bush 5/31/01

Genius has no taste for weaving sand. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1883


Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness.

George Bush 8/30/00

Every man naturally persuades himself that he can keep his resolutions, nor is he convinced of his imbecility but by length of time and frequency of experiment.

Samuel Johnson 1770


I think we agree, the past is over.

George Bush 5/10/00

From the great deep to the great deep he goes.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1854


He was but as the cuckoo is in June,

Heard, not regarded.

Shakespeare 1596-97


Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country.

George Bush 9/16/04

Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.

Ranier Maria Rilke 1875-1926


The true strength of America happens when a neighbor loves a neighbor just like they'd like to be loved themselves.

George Bush 6/16/03

...Behold me where I pass, hear my voice, approach. Touch me, touch the palm of your hand to my body as I pass. Be not afraid of my body.

Walt Whitman 1855


The senator has got to understand if he's going to have--he can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road.

George Bush 2/17/00

If a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her.

I Corinthians 11:15


I also understand how tender the free enterprise system can be.

George Bush 7/9/02

Oh but he was a tightfisted hand at the grindstone. Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire, secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.

Charles Dickens 1843


We'll be a great country where the fabrics are made up of groups and loving centers.

George Bush 3/27/01

[O]ne could not even dignify him with the name of stuffed shirt. He was simply a hole in the air.

George Orwell 1940


When in doubt, tell the truth.

Mark Twain 1897


I'm not a very good novelist. But it'd make a pretty interesting novel.

George Bush 12/5/00

If a man, sitting all alone, cannot dream strange things, and make them look like truth, he need never try to write romances.

Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850


It was just inebriating what Midland was all about then.

George Bush 1994

It was as true...as turnips is. It was as true...as taxes is. And nothing's truer than them.

Charles Dickens 1849-50


That's just the nature of democracy. Sometimes pure politics enters into the rhetoric.

George Bush 8/8/03

I tell you folks--all politics is applesauce.

Will Rogers 1924


Unfairly, but truthfully, our party has been tagged as being against things.

George Bush 7/1/00

This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.

Winston Churchill 1941


This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating.

George Bush 4/23/02

This country is geology by day and astronomy by night.

John Boyston Priestley 1937


It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.

George Bush 9/25/00

The great tragedy of Science--the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

Thomas Henry Huxley 1870


Oftentimes what I try to say in Washington gets filtered and sometimes my words in Washington don't exactly translate directly to the people.

George Bush 3/27/01

..."But why? What was the reason?"
"The reason...what reason was there? Oblomovism!"

Ivan Goncharov 1859


I'm gonna talk about the ideal world....I understand reality. If you're asking me as the president, would I understand reality, I do.

George Bush 5/31/00

The Pennsylvania legislature could have rationally believed that some married women are initially inclined to obtain an abortion without their husbands' knowledge because of perceived problems...that may be obviated by discussion prior to the abortion.

Judge Samuel Alito, dissenting, Planned Parenthood v. Casey (3rd Cir. 1991) (arguing in his dissent that a woman may be required by law to notify spouse prior to abortion)


The great thing about America is,

everybody should vote.

George Bush 12/8/00

Who can refute a sneer?

William Paley 1785


We come too late not to say anything that has not been said already.

Jean de La Bruyere 1688


See, we love--we love freedom. That's what they didn't understand. They hate things, we love things. They act out of hatred; we don't seek revenge, we seek justice out of love.

George Bush 8/29/02

The poverty of the incapable, the distresses that come upon the imprudent, the starvation of the idle, and those shoulderings aside of the weak by the strong, which leave so many "in shallows and in miseries," are the decrees of a large, farseeing benevolence.

Herbert Spencer 1851


Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

George Bush 8/5/04

A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.

William Ralph Inge 1860-1954


A submarine could take this place out. George Bush 11/18/04

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.

John Muir 1938


If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it. George Bush 10/18/00

I call a fig a fig; a spade a spade.

Menander 342-292 B.C.


There's an old saying in Tennessee--I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee--that says, Fool me once, shame on--shame on you. Fool me--you can't get fooled again.

George Bush 9/17/02

"It wasn't the wine," murmurred Mr. Snodgrass, in a broken voice. "It was the salmon."

Charles Dickens 1836-37


Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.

Samuel Johnson 1751


I'm also not very analytical. You know, I don't spend a lot of time thinking about myself, about why I do things.

George Bush 6/4/03

There ain't no way to find out why a snorer can't hear himself snore.

Mark Twain 1894


Rarely is the question asked:
Is our children learning?

George Bush 1/11/00

To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.

Amos Bronson Alcott 1877


The fundamental question is, Will I be a successful president when it comes to foreign policy? I will be, but until I'm the president it's going to be hard for me to verify that I think I'll be more effective.

George Bush 6/28/00

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in milk.

Henry David Thoreau 1850


I can assure you that, even though I won't be sitting through every single moment of the seminars, nor will the vice president, we will look at the summaries.

George Bush 8/13/02

Books think for me.

Charles Lamb 1833


I do remain confident in Linda. She'll make a fine labor secretary. From what I've read in the press accounts, she's perfectly qualified.

George Bush 1/8/01

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1890


""Tut tut, child," said the Duchess, "everything's got a moral, if only you can find it."

Lewis Carroll 1865


God loves you, and I love you. And you can count on both of us as a powerful message that people who wonder about their future can hear.

George Bush 4/13/04

The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a wilderness.

Havelock Ellis 1923


People say, How can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child, by going into a shut-in's house and say, "I love you."

George Bush 12/19/02

All men know the utility of useful things, but they do not know the utility of futility.

Chuang-tzu 369-286 B.C.E.


I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question.

George Bush 10/4/00

He who excuses himself, accuses himself.

Gabriel Meurier 1530-1601


If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.

George Bush 12/18/02

Every man loves what he is good at.

Thomas Shadwell 1679


One of the common denominators that I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.

George Bush 9/27/00

The theory of probabilities is at bottom nothing but common sense reduced to calculus.

Pierre Simon de Laplace 1812-1820


I am the master of low expectations.

George Bush 6/4/03

Every nation has the government it deserves.

Joseph de Maistre 1811


They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program.

George Bush 11/2/00

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.

Aristotle 384-322 B.C.


I admit it, I am not one of the great linguists.

George Bush 1/23/01

The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.

Francis Bacon Essex Device 1595


Arbolist...Look up the word. I don't know, maybe I made it up. Anyway,it's an arbo-tree-ist, somebody who knows about trees.

George Bush 8/21/01

Who splits his own wood, warms himself twice.

After Henry David Thoreau 1854


I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.

George Bush 1//27/00

Ticker tape ain't spaghetti.

Fiorello Henry La Guardia 1946


I always jest to people, the Oval Office is the kind of place where people stand outside, they're getting ready to come in and tell me what for, and they walk in and get overwhelmed by the atmosphere. And they say, "Man, you're looking pretty."

George Bush 11/4/04

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

Horace Walpole 1776


As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards.

George Bush 8/30/02

The nearer to the church, the farther from God.

John Heywood 1546


They have miscalculated me as a leader.

George Bush 11/13/00

A Throw of the Dice will Never Abolish Chance

Stephane Mallarme 1842-1898


There is no bigger task than protecting the homeland of our country.

George Bush 8/23/02

All thoughts of a turtle are of turtles, of a rabbit, rabbits.

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1893


You're free. And freedom is beautiful. And, you know, it'll take time to restore chaos and order--order out of chaos. But we will.

George Bush 4/13/03

Well may he smell fire, whose gown burns.

George Herbert 1651


As you know, these are open forums: you're able to come and listen to what I have to say.

George Bush 10/28/03

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images.

Jean Cocteau 1889-1963


We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.

George Bush 1/14/00

A tale without love is like beef without mustard--insipid.

Anatole France 1914


Take short views, hope for the best, and trust in God!

Sydney Smith 1855


We've got pockets of persistent poverty in our society, which...I refuse to allow them to continue on. And so one of the things that we're trying to do is to encourage a faith-based initiative to spread its wings all across America, to be able to capture this great compassionate spirit.

George Bush 3/18/02

His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar.

Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay 1828


Our priorities is our faith.

George Bush 10/10/00

I am a Millionaire. That is my religion. Henri Philippe Petain 1905


I have said that the sanctions were like Swiss Cheese--that meant that they weren't very effective.

George Bush 2/22/01

It takes all sorts of in and outdoor schooling to get adapted to my kind of fooling.

Robert Frost 1962


But I also made it clear to [Vladimir Putin] that it's important to think beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other up, the world would be safe.

George Bush 5/1/01

We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita..."I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.

J. Robert Oppenheimer 1965


Then I went for a run with the other dog and just walked. And I started thinking about a lot of things. I was able to--I can't remember what it was. Oh, the inaugural speech, started thinking through that.

George Bush 1/22/01

He can't think without his hat.

Samuel Beckett 1952


We need to counter the shock wave of the evildoer by having individual rate cuts accelerated and by thinking about tax rebates.

George Bush 10/4/01

That's all one asks of a sermon. No possible relevance to anything but itself.

Phyllis Dorothy James 1982


The reason I believe in a tax cut is because it's what I believe.

George Bush 12/18/00

The greater the ignorance, the greater the dogmatism.

Sir William Osler 1902


The march to war hurt the economy. Laura reminded me a while ago that--remember what was on the TV screens--she calls me George W.--George W. I call her, First Lady. No, anyway--she said, we said, march to war on our TV screen.

George Bush 3/11/04

Little things affect little minds.

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield 1845


[W]hen you're marching to war, it's not a very optimistic thought, is it? In other words, it's the opposite of optimistic when you're thinking you're going to war.

George Bush 2/9/04

Waterloo! Waterloo! Waterloo! Dismal plain!

Victor Hugo 1853


How divine is utterance!... As we to the brutes, poets are to us.

George Meredith 1885


Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

John Howard Payne 1823

Home is important. It's important to have a home.

George Bush 2/18/01


Hitch your wagon to a star.

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1867

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

George Bush 10/18/00


If you wish,
I shall grow irreproachably tender:
Not a man, but a cloud in trousers!

Vladimir Mayakovski 1915

They've seen me make decisions, they've seen me under trying times, they've seen me weep, they've seen me laugh, they've seen me hug. And they know who I am, and I believe they're comfortable with the fact that they know I'm not going to shift principles or shift positions based upon polls and focus groups.

George Bush 8/27/04


While there is a lower class I am in it, while there is a criminal element I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

Eugene Victor Debs 1855-1926

This campaign not only hears the voices of the entrepreneurs and the farmers and the entrepreneurs, we hear the voices of those struggling to get ahead.

George Bush 8/21/00


We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered.

James Weldon Johnson 1900

It's very interesting when you think about it, the slaves who left here to go to America, because of their steadfast and their religion and their belief in freedom, helped change America.

George Bush 7/8/03


And the tear that we shed, though in secret it rolls, Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.

Thomas Moore 1807-1834

Do you have blacks, too?

George Bush 11/8/01


I am in earnest--I will not equivocate-- I will not excuse--I will not retreat a single inch and I will be heard!

William Lloyd Garrison 1831

The Bob Jones policy on interracial dating, I mean, I spoke out on interracial dating. I spoke against that. I spoke out against interracial dating. I support the policy of interracial dating.

George Bush 2/25/00


And other spirits that are standing apart Upon the forehead of the age to come; These, these will give the world another heart, And other pulses. Hear ye not the hum Of mighty workings---? Listen, awhile, ye nations, and be dumb.

John Keats 1817

This is historic times.

George Bush 4/20/04


The whole earth is our hospital Endowed by the ruined millionaire.

Thomas Stearns Eliot 1940

A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness.

George Bush 9/18/00


In the deepest heart of all of us there is a corner in which the ultimate mystery of things works sadly.

William James 1897

I'm also mindful that man should never try to put words in God's mouth. I mean, we should never ascribe natural disasters or anything else to God. We are--in no way, shape, or form should a human being play God.

George Bush 1/14/05


Work without Hope draws nectar in a sieve, And Hope without an object cannot live.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1825

If a person doesn't have the capacity that we all want that person to have, I suspect hope is in the far distant future, if at all.

George Bush 5/22/01


We carry with us the wonders we seek without us: There is all Africa and her prodigies in us.

Sir Thomas Browne 1643

We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a country that suffers from incredible disease.

George Bush 6/14/01


The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.

Harry S. Truman 1974

Now there are some who would like to revise history--revisionist historians is what I like to call them.

George Bush 6/16/03


I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield 1868

My job is to, like, think beyond the immediate.

George Bush 4/21/04


Nothing at bottom is real except humanity.

Auguste Comte 1851

I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans.

George Bush 9/19/00


Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird! No hungry generations tread thee down, The voice I hear this passing night was heard In ancient days by emperor and clown....

John Keats 1820

Just remember, it's the birds that's supposed to suffer, not the hunter.

George Bush 1/22/04


One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it.

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1889

I think we should raise the age at which juveniles can have a gun.

George Bush 10/18/00


Reason's icy intimations, and records of a heart in pain.

Alexander Pushkin 1823

This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases.

George Bush 6/23/00


Like to some magistrate grown gray in office, Calmly he contemplates alike the just and the unjust, with indifference he notes Evil and good, and knows not wrath nor pity.

Alexander Pushkin 1823

The only thing I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've looked at. I do not believe that we've put a guilty....I mean innocent person to death in the state of Texas.

George Bush 6/16/00


Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth.

Daniel Webster 1845

Look, if somebody has done some wrong in our military, we'll take care of it. We got plenty of capability of dealing with justice.

George Bush 8/10/04


It is of itself that divine thought thinks (since it is the most excellent of things), and its thinking is a thinking on thinking.

Aristotle 384-322 B.C.

Redefining the role of the United States from enablers to keep the peace to enablers to keep the peace from peacekeepers is going to be an assignment.

George Bush 1/14/04


Now to what higher object, to what greater character, can any mortal aspire than to be possessed of all this knowledge, well digested and ready at command, to assist the feeble and friendless, to discountnance the haughty and lawless, to procure redress of wrongs, the advancement of right, to assert and maintain liberty and virtue, to discourage and abolish tyrrany and woe?

John Adams 1759

I suspect that had my dad not been president, he'd be asking the same questions: How'd your meeting go with so and so? How did you feel when you stood up in front of the people for the State of the Union address-- State of the budget address, whatever you call it.

George Bush 3/9/01


Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the State was to make men free to develop their faculties; and that in its government the deliberative forces should prevail over the arbitrary. They valued liberty both as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.

Louis Dembitz Brandeis
Whitney v. California (1927)

This is a nation that loves our freedom, loves our country.

George Bush 5/17/02


The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity--unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.

Henry Clay 1850

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for my predecessors as well.

George Bush 1/29/01


I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.

Franz Kafka 1904

I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who probably read the news themselves.

George Bush 9/21/03


Wild, dark times are rumbling toward us, and the prophet who wishes to write a new apocalypse will have to invent entirely new beasts, and beasts so terrible that the ancient animal symbols of Saint John will seem like cooing doves and cupids in comparison.

John Keats 1842

I think war is a dangerous place.

George Bush 5/7/03


I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation.

William Lloyd Garrison 1831

Russia is no longer our enemy, and therefore we shouldn't be locked into a Cold War mentality that says we keep the peace by blowing each other up. In my attitude, that's old, that's tired, that's stale.

George Bush 6/8/01


The masterpiece should appear as the flower to the painter--perfect in its bud as in its bloom-- with no reason to explain its presence-- no mission to fulfill--a joy to the artist, a delusion to the philanthropist--a puzzle to the botanist--an accident of sentiment and alliteration to the literary man.

James McNeil Whistler 1878

Oftentimes, we live in a processed world--you know, people focus on the process and not results.

George Bush 5/29/03


I shot an arrow into the air. It fell to earth, I knew not where.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1845

Security is the essential roadblock to achieving the roadmap to peace.

George Bush 7/25/03


Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.

Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington 1815

It's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life.

George Bush 12/21/04


A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Paul Valery 1943

I am determined to keep the process on the road to peace.

George Bush 6/10/03


It was a dark and stormy night.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Baron Lytton 1840

There's no question that the minute I got elected, the storm clouds on the horizon were getting nearly directly overhead.

George Bush 5/11/01


He doth nothing but talk of his horse.

William Shakespeare 1596


I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe, and what I believe--I believe what I believe is right.

George Bush 7/22/01

I see but one rule: to be clear. If I am not clear, all my world tumbles to nothing.

Stendahl [Henry Beyle] 1840


Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican.

George Bush 4/21/01

I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.

Charles V 1500-1558


Recession means that people's incomes, at the employer level, are going down, basically, relative to costs; people are getting laid off.

George Bush 2/19/01

Comes de revolution, we'll eat strawberries and cream!

Willie Howard 1932


A small-business owner's outlook is improved when there's a new product available that says, gosh, I'm meeting the needs of my employees and also being able to better control costs.

George Bush 3/16/04

Let the black flower blossom as it may.

Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850

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