• William J. Clinton was born in Arkansas in 1946
  • Clinton took office in 1993 after defeating George H.W. Bush
  • Clinton served as President till 2001

Aug. 19 marks the 74th birthday of William J. Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States.

Born in Arkansas in 1946, Clinton took office in 1993 after defeating George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot. Clinton, who served till 2001, was the second-youngest president ever to be elected in the history of the U.S.

To celebrate his birthday, here are some of his inspirational quotes, courtesy Goodreads and Notable-Quotes

  • "I learned a lot from the stories my uncle, aunts and grandparents told me: that no one is perfect but most people are good; that people can’t be judged by their worst or weakest moments; that harsh judgments can make hypocrites of us all; that a lot of life is just showing up and hanging on; that laughter is often the best, and sometimes the only response to pain. Perhaps most importantly, I learned that everyone has a story – of dreams and nightmares, hope and heartache, love and loss, courage and fear, sacrifice, and selfishness."
  • "As powerful as our memories are, our dreams must be even stronger. For when our memories outweigh our dreams, we become old."
  • "We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more."
  • "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."
  • "If you want to have a good life you have to have some constructive outlet for your feelings."
  • "If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit."
  • "Let us all take more responsibility not only for ourselves and our families but for our communities and our country."
  • "Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all."
  • "I still believe in a place called Hope, a place called America."
  • "Nobody’s right all the time, and a broken clock is right twice a day. We’re compelled to spend our fleeting lives between those two extremes, knowing we’re never going to be right all the time and hoping we’re right more than twice a day."
Former US president Bill Clinton is to address the second night of the Democratic convention
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