George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, turns 75 on Tuesday. Born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, he is the eldest of six children of George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush.

The former president graduated from Yale, received a business degree from Harvard, and later returned to Midland where he got into the oil business. In Midland, he married Laura Welch, a teacher and librarian, with whom he had twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara.

Bush had led the country's response to the 9/11 attacks, which took place eight months into his first term.

Here are some inspirational quotes by Bush, courtesy Brainy Quote.

1. "Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people."

2. "Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time."

3. "I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve."

4. "You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on."

5. "Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."

6. "America is a Nation with a mission - and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace - a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman."

7. "The momentum of freedom in our world is unmistakable - and it is not carried forward by our power alone. We can trust in that greater power Who guides the unfolding of the years. And in all that is to come, we can know that His purposes are just and true."

8. "Americans are rising to the tasks of history, and they expect the same of us."

9. "Look, when you're the president, there's all kinds of things said about us. I mean, it's just the nature of the job."

10. "I have written a book. This will come as quite a shock to some. They didn't think I could read, much less write."

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Former President George W. Bush speaks after receiving The 74th Annual Father of the Year Award in New York, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid