Former President George H.W. Bush died Friday evening at age 94, leaving behind a legacy that included his eloquence with words.
The 41st president made memorable comments on historic events ranging from the Berlin Wall’s destruction in 1989 to freedom and working with former President Bill Clinton on hurricane relief.
Bush’s political career was remembered by many on Saturday, including President Donald Trump.
“Through his essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country, President Bush inspired generations of his fellow Americans to public service — to be, in his words, ‘a thousand points of light’ illuminating the greatness, hope, and opportunity of America to the world,” Trump said in a statement after receiving word of Bush’s death.
Compiled by the Associated Press and Fox News, here are some of Bush’s most memorable quotes.
Bush’s 1989 inauguration
"We know what works: Freedom works. We know what's right: Freedom is right. We know how to secure a more just and prosperous life for man on Earth: through free markets, free speech, free elections and the exercise of free will unhampered by the state,” he said during his inauguration on Jan. 20, 1989.
As the Berlin Wall crumbled
Bush presided during the collapse of the Soviet Union. During the final months of the Cold War, he spoke as the concrete barrier came tumbling down.
"Look to the very heart of Europe, to Berlin, and you will see a great truth shining brighter with each passing day: The quest for freedom is stronger than steel, more permanent than concrete,” Bush said as the Berlin Wall crumbled in November 1989.
"I plan to put something back into society, and not at the head table, not always in the glamour, certainly not with a lot of news attention,” Bush said in January 1993, days before he left office.
On President Ronald Reagan
"I learned more from Ronald Reagan than from anyone I encountered in all my years of public life,” said Bush, who served as President Ronald Reagan’s vice president. He made the comment at Reagan’s June 11, 2004 funeral.
Working with former President Bill Clinton
"Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton, of all people?...It's been an eye-opening and enjoyable experience for me to work with him on something truly apolitical,” Bush said Oct. 25, 2005. Clinton defeated Bush in the 1992 presidential election, erasing his chance at a second term. Bush had discussed his ‘apolitical’ work with Clinton on tsunami and hurricane relief in 2005.