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You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the
by Harry S. Truman

You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the
worst of two evils or none at all.
So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two.
Nixon is impossible.
- Harry S. Truman

The buck stops here.
- Harry S. Truman

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
- Harry S. Truman

 

The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as
long as I am President that is what it will remain.
They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.
- Harry S. Truman

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job:
it's a depression when you lose yours.
- Harry S. Truman

My father was not a failure.
After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
- Harry S. Truman

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Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
- Harry S. Truman

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss,
in the Republican Party he is a leader.
- Harry S. Truman

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
- Harry S. Truman

All the president is, is a glorified public relations
man who spends his time flattering,
kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what
they are supposed to do anyway.
- Harry S. Truman

In my opinion eight years as president is enough and
sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity.
- Harry S. Truman

I do not believe there is a problem in this country
or the world today which could not be settled if approached
through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.
- Harry S. Truman

There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.
- Harry S. Truman

America was not built on fear.
America was built on courage, on imagination and an
unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
- Harry S. Truman

We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear
as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow,
free and open, across international boundaries.
- Harry S. Truman

The President is always abused.
If he isn't, he isn't doing anything.
- Harry S. Truman

Nixon is one of the few in the history of this country
to run for high office talking out of both sides of
his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides.
- Harry S. Truman

The atom bomb was no "great decision."
It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.
- Harry S. Truman

A President needs political understanding to run the government,
but he may be elected without it.
- Harry S. Truman

A politician is a man who understands government.
A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
- Harry S. Truman

Upon books the collective education of the race depends;
they are the sole instruments of registering,
perpetuating and transmitting thought.
- Harry S. Truman

Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have
a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.
- Harry S. Truman

I never did give anybody hell.
I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
- Harry S. Truman

I would rather have peace in the world than be President.
- Harry S. Truman

I never gave anybody hell!
I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
- Harry S. Truman

This administration is going to be cussed and discussed for years to come.
- Harry S. Truman

Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan,
I know he's going to vote against me.
- Harry S. Truman

The White House is the finest prison in the world.
- Harry S. Truman

Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where
you came from and why you got there in the first place.
- Harry S. Truman

It's plain hokum.
If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em.
It's an old political trick.
But this time it won't work.
- Harry S. Truman

Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.
- Harry S. Truman

My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player
in a whorehouse or a politician.
And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference.
- Harry S. Truman

If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do,
I'd have run again.
- Harry S. Truman

I have found the best way to give advice to your children
is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
- Harry S. Truman

Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class,
but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.
- Harry S. Truman

When even one American - who has done nothing wrong -
is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth -
then all Americans are in peril.
- Harry S. Truman

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities
and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
- Harry S. Truman

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
- Harry S. Truman

Carry the battle to them.
Don't let them bring it to you.
Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.
- Harry S. Truman

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not
care who gets the credit.
- Harry S. Truman

The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.
- Harry S. Truman

Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.
- Harry S. Truman

You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper,
and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make
proper judgements about what is going on.
- Harry S. Truman

The reward of suffering is experience.
- Harry S. Truman

When you get to be President, there are all those things,
the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes,
all those things.
You have to remember it isn't for you.
It's for the Presidency.
- Harry S. Truman

All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision,
I make it and forget about it.
- Harry S. Truman

A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.
- Harry S. Truman

The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting
freedom and independence for all its members.
- Harry S. Truman

Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court he ceases to be your friend.
- Harry S. Truman

Those who want the Government to regulate matters of
the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid
of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
- Harry S. Truman

Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are
planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.
- Harry S. Truman

A President cannot always be popular.
- Harry S. Truman

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.
- Harry S. Truman

I've said many a time that I think the Un-American
Activities Committee in the House of Representatives
was the most un-American thing in America!
- Harry S. Truman

Study men, not historians.
- Harry S. Truman

If you can't convince them, confuse them.
- Harry S. Truman

A president either is constantly on top of events or,
if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him.
I never felt that I could let up for a moment.
- Harry S. Truman

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the
first victory they won was over themselves...
self-discipline with all of them came first.
- Harry S. Truman

If I hadn't been President of the United States,
I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.
- Harry S. Truman

The best way to give advice to your children is to
find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
- Harry S. Truman

When you have an efficient government,
you have a dictatorship.
- Harry S. Truman

It sure is hell to be president.
- Harry S. Truman

I remember when I first came to Washington.
For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here.
For the next six months you wonder how the hell the
rest of them ever got here.
- Harry S. Truman

Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard.
He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time,
and if he ever caught himself telling the truth,
he'd lie just to keep his hand in.
- Harry S. Truman

I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow,
figuratively or otherwise.
We should all get together and make a country in which
everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases.
- Harry S. Truman

You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one.
I don't believe in little plans.
I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which
we can't possibly foresee now.
- Harry S. Truman

You know that being an American is more than a matter
of where your parents came from.
It is a belief that all men are created free and equal
and that everyone deserves an even break.
- Harry S. Truman

Men make history and not the other way around.
In periods where there is no leadership,
society stands still.
Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize
the opportunity to change things for the better.
- Harry S. Truman

I had faith in Israel before it was established,
I have in it now.
I believe it has a glorious future before it -
not just another sovereign nation,
but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization.
- Harry S. Truman

The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse.
The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race,
creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction.
- Harry S. Truman


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