Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart
Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert StuartWikimedia Commons

Washington's Birthday – otherwise known as the 'Presidents' Day' -- is a federal holiday in the United States which officially honours the life and work of George Washington, the first president of the United States. For 2015, the Presidents' Day falls on 16 February.

Considered to be an important holiday with national and patriotic undertones, Washington's Birthday also commemorates past presidents of the USA and is used as an opportunity to express gratitude for the contributions made by important American leaders of yore.

The day, however, predominately celebrates life and work of George Washington, whose image is still used on the one-dollar bill and the quarter-dollar coin. The capital of the US, Washington D.C, the Washington State located in the North East of the country and at least three other universities are named after him.

Since this day honours every good work from past presidents, let us celebrate the day by recollecting some of the best quotes, sayings and lines from some of the most famous leaders of the United States:

Best Quotes and Sayings:

"I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world."

- George Washington

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

- President Abraham Lincoln

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

- George Washington

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."

- Harry S. Truman

"Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom."

- Thomas Jefferson

"Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions."

- John F. Kennedy

 "Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately but no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than The Donald. And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

- President Obama, ribbing Donald Trump at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner

"A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable. "

- Thomas Jefferson

"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."

- James Madison, speech, Virginia Convention, 1788

"Things do not happen. Things are made to happen."

-John F. Kennedy

"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm."

-Abraham Lincoln

"Believe that you can and you're halfway there."

-Theodore Roosevelt