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Former president George W. Bush after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in game five of the 2017 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Reuters/David J. Phillip/USA TODAY Sports

Friday marks the 72nd birthday of George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States. Born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, Bush is the eldest of six children of George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce Bush.

The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks occurred eight months into Bush's first term. Bush led the country's response to the 9/11 attacks.

Here are some quotes to mark his birthday, courtesy Brainy Quotes.

1. "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."

2. "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."

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. "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."

5. "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."

6. "Faith crosses every border and touches every heart in every nation."

7. "For diplomacy to be effective, words must be credible — and no one can now doubt the word of America."

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

9. "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."

10. "I understand everybody in this country doesn't agree with the decisions I've made. And I made some tough decisions. But people know where I stand."