Happy Sunday! How was your week?
We recently took a spontaneous trip up north and had the best time! It was exactly what I needed! (And get this.. no make-up, no coffee.)
Yep. haha! 😉
We ended up visiting the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. It was interesting to learn about the life of our 19th President, as well as a little bit about the history of Ohio, and our government.
Set in the original part of the building, on the main level of the museum is the beautiful Rotunda. It’s hard to describe the feeling you get when you first enter – awe, impressed, intrigue, humbled – all jumbled up.
It’s absolutely beautiful, but what really struck me were the quotes on the walls. It’s interesting how relevant those words are today.
This week I wanted to share some of that timeless wisdom with all of you. I’ve added in a few bonus quotes from around the center that I loved, too. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend stopping in for a visit. It’s well worth your time.
“He serves his party best who serves his country best.”
-Rutherford B. Hayes
“Our government…is a government founded on the consent of the governed…It is not the government of the native born, or of the foreign born, of the rich man, or of the poor man, of the white man or the colored man— It is the government of the freeman.”
-Address, “Union and Liberty,” Lebanon, O.
“War is a cruel business and there is brutality in it on all sides.”
Rutherford B. Hayes letter to Lucy Webb Hayes
“I disliked news accounts about my attire and that of my guests, so I often would wear the same gown, knowing that society editors would avoid the subject so as not to bore their readers with repetitious descriptions.”
-Lucy Webb Hayes
“When I may appear negligent in writing, recollect, ‘Where the treasure is there will be the heart also.'”
-From Lucy to Rutherford
“Let him, like every good citizen, be willing and prompt to bear his part in every useful work that will promote the welfare and happiness of his family, his town, his state and his country.”
A little section where visitors can write words of encouragement and hang them on the wall. My son wrote, “Change your attitude. Change your life.”