10 Quotes from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln to Inspire your Adoption Journey

If these two presidents could speak to the adoption world, perhaps this is what they would say.

Denalee Chapman February 15, 2016

We honor all of the U.S. Presidents today, but especially two who stood firm in their beliefs and worked steadfastly to make America great. These two presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, respected humanity, believed in freedom, and led with integrity. If they could speak to the adoption world, perhaps they would repeat some of the statements they made to other groups. Those statements might include the following:

"Most beautiful woman I ever saw"
1. "Most beautiful woman I ever saw"

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”
—George Washington

I owe to my mother
2. I owe to my mother

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"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother."
—Abraham Lincoln

Human happiness and moral duty
3. Human happiness and moral duty

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”
—George Washington

Perseverance and spirit
4. Perseverance and spirit

“Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.”
—George Washington

Mother's prayers
5. Mother's prayers

"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life."
—Abraham Lincoln

The internal frame of a person's mind
6. The internal frame of a person's mind

“Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.”
—George Washington

7. Compliment

"Everybody likes a compliment."
—Abraham Lincoln

Hope through conflict
9. Hope through conflict

“The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”
—George Washington

Everyone can succeed
10. Everyone can succeed

"That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well."
—Abraham Lincoln

Turning points
11. Turning points

“The turning points of lives are not the great moments. The real crises are often concealed in occurrences so trivial in appearance that they pass unobserved.”
—George Washington

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.

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