33 Popular George Bush Quotes Apart From “That Vision Thing”

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Get to know the Senior Bush with these popular and carefully selected George Bush quotes.

George Herberg Walker Bush was the 41st President of the US from 1989 to 1993. Cutely nicknamed “Poppy” as a child, George Bush grew up to become a natural leader wherever he went. From class president, to captain of the varsity soccer and baseball teams, to being the youngest naval aviator in history.

George Bush was a very daring and courageous man. One of his war exploits was successfully deploying his bombs onto enemy Japanese soldiers before bailing out of his blazing and damaged aircraft. This zeal and courage propelled him to succeed as a millionaire in the oil business and to run for political office in the United States.

The Senior Bush can be credited with many achievements, and it is quite ironic that an unfortunate anecdote has stuck permanently to his public image. A friend apparently urged him to go to Camp David to figure out where he wanted to take the country but Bush replied in exasperation, “Oh, that vision thing.”

This sound bite soon became a popular metonym applied to other politicians who have a hard time formulating or expressing their visions for the future.

Get to know the man more with these George Bush quotes and anecdotes that reflect his insights and personality.

Read my lips: no new taxes. – George H. W. Bush

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What’s wrong with being a boring kind of guy? – George H. W. Bush

I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don’t always agree with them. – George H. W. Bush

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I’m conservative, but I’m not a nut about it. – George H. W. Bush

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But let me tell you, this gender thing is history. You’re looking at a guy who sat down with Margaret Thatcher across the table and talked about serious issues. – George H. W. Bush

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We must act on what we know. I take as my guide the hope of a saint: In crucial things, unity; in important things, diversity; in all things, generosity. – George H. W. Bush

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It’s a very good question, very direct, and I’m not going to answer it. – George H. W. Bush

Don’t confuse being ‘soft’ with seeing the other guy’s point of view. – George H. W. Bush

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I’ll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions, depending on what I think will help our election most. – George H. W. Bush

We are a nation of communities… a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. – George H. W. Bush

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We don’t want an America that is closed to the world. What we want is a world that is open to America. – George H. W. Bush

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I can tell you this: If I’m ever in a position to call the shots, I’m not going to rush to send somebody else’s kids into a war. – George H. W. Bush

Ageing’s alright, better than the alternative, which is not being here. – George H. W. Bush

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You have to understand that people that are hurting are going to criticize. – George H. W. Bush

We know what works. Freedom Works. We know what’s right. Freedom is right. – George H. W. Bush

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It’s no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another. – George H. W. Bush

We are not the sum of our possessions. – George H. W. Bush

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I hope my own children never have to fight a war. – George H. W. Bush

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I think in defeat you grope for things that are happy, and it’s hard. – George H. W. Bush

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I have survivor’s curiosity, I guess. – George H. W. Bush

The day will come – and it is not far off – when the legacy of Lincoln will finally be fulfilled at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, when a black man or woman will sit in the Oval Office. When that day comes, the most remarkable thing about it will be how naturally it occurs. – George H. W. Bush

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A new breeze is blowing, and a world refreshed by freedom seems reborn; for in man’s heart, if not in fact, the day of the dictator is over. The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree. – George H. W. Bush

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I have a form of Parkinson’s disease, which I don’t like. My legs don’t move when my brain tells them to. It’s very frustrating. – George H. W. Bush

Losing is tough. – George H. W. Bush

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I will keep America moving forward, always forward, for a better America, for an endless enduring dream and a thousand Points of Light. This is my mission, and I will complete it. – George H. W. Bush

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Debates, I hate. – George H. W. Bush

Our God is a forgiving God. – George H. W. Bush

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Old guys can still do fun things. – George H. W. Bush

Every loss of life is terrible. – George H. W. Bush

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It’s much worse to read criticism about your son than yourself. – George H. W. Bush

The U.S.S. George H. W. Bush is a great thing in my life. It’s amazing. A great honor. – George H. W. Bush

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Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They’ll tell you. – George H. W. Bush

History will point out some of the things I did wrong and some of the things I did right. – George H. W. Bush

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