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If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
by Lyndon B. Johnson

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River,
the headline that afternoon would read:
"President Can't Swim."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Related topics: History

Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm.
There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy.
First, let her think she's having her own way.
And second, let her have it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

 

Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must
be taken one step at a time.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

If future generations are to remember us
more with gratitude than sorrow,
we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology.
We must also leave them a glimpse of the world
as it was created, not just as it looked
when we got through with it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

In our home there was always prayer -
aloud,
proud and unapologetic.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

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Any jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Doing what's right isn't the problem.
It is knowing what's right.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out
of trouble cheaply and fast.
Most of them come down to this: Deny your responsibility.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I will do my best.
That is all I can do.
I ask for your help - and God's.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

A President's hardest task is not to do what is right,
but to know what is right.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Freedom is not enough.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights.
It is time now to write the next chapter -
and to write it in the books of law.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I want to make a policy statement.
I am unabashedly in favor of women.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

We must open the doors of opportunity.
But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them
to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and
have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning
must offer an escape from poverty.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I believe the destiny of your generation -
and your nation -
is a rendezvous with excellence.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood
before it has broadened into a brotherhood.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

A man without a vote is man without protection.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

We have the opportunity to move not only toward the
rich society and the powerful society,
but upward to the Great Society.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Education is not a problem.
Education is an opportunity.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The noblest search is the search for excellence.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand
miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

You aren't learning anything when you're talking.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy,
I always remind myself it could be worse.
I could be a mayor.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The presidency has made every man who occupied it,
no matter how small, bigger than he was;
and no matter how big,
not big enough for its demands.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships,
are all symbols of human failure.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of
our historic society seems to me the equivalent of
closing male eyes to female facts.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I am making a collection of the things my opponents have found me to be and,
when this election is over, I am going to open a museum and put them on display.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence
of some flaw of character.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

There are no problems we cannot solve together,
and very few that we can solve by ourselves.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

While you're saving your face, you're losing your ass.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

John F. Kennedy was the victim of the hate that was a part of our country.
It is a disease that occupies the minds of the few
but brings danger to the many.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The atomic bomb certainly is the most powerful of all weapons,
but it is conclusively powerful and effective only
in the hands of the nation which controls the sky.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I seldom think of politics more than eighteen hours a day.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The last thing I wanted to do was to be a wartime President.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I don't believe I'll ever get credit for anything I do in foreign affairs,
no matter how successful it is, because I didn't go to Harvard.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

There are no favorites in my office.
I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics
is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The separation of church and state is a source of strength,
but the conscience of our nation does not call for
separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

They call upon us to supply American boys to do the
job that Asian boys should do.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I'm the only president you've got.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between
a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share.
My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously
said of me-and my mother would have believed it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

When things haven't gone well for you,
call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out.
You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

You've got to work things out in the cloakroom,
and when you've got them worked out,
you can debate a little before you vote.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator,
and a Democrat, in that order.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

It is important that the United States remain a two-party system.
I'm a fellow who likes small parties and the Republican
Party can't be too small to suit me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

This is not Johnson's war.
This is America's war.
If I drop dead tomorrow, this war will still be with you.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Whoever won't fight when the President calls him,
deserves to be kicked back in his hole and kept there.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression
of others has increased in Vietnam.
There is not, and there will not be,
a mindless escalation.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk,
but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart,
he's going to get sick on it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Whether we are New Dealer, Old Dealer,
Liberty Leaguer or Red, whether we agree or not,
we still have the right to think and speak how we feel.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills.
Someone had to tend the store.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

If the American people don't love me,
their descendants will.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I feel like I just grabbed a big juicy worm with a
right sharp hook in the middle of it.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate,
but there is no one else.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Did you ever think that making a speech on economics
is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you,
but it never does to anyone else.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I'm tired.
I'm tired of feeling rejected by the American people.
I'm tired of waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the war.
- Lyndon B. Johnson


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