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Quotes of the day: Harry S. Truman

Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012 @ 1:05 AM EST
Dec 26 2012

Quotes of the day- Harry S. Truman:
Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 - December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953). The final running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, Truman succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945, when Roosevelt died after months of declining health. Under Truman, the U.S. successfully concluded World War II; in the aftermath of the conflict, tensions with the Soviet Union increased, marking the start of the Cold War. Click for full Wikipedia article.

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.

A liar in public life is a lot more dangerous than a full, paid up Communist, and I don't care who he is.

A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years.

About the meanest thing you can say about a man is that he means well.

All of you, I am sure, have heard many cries about Government interference with business and about "creeping socialism." I should like to remind the gentlemen who make these complaints that if events had been allowed to continue as they were going prior to March 4, 1933, most of them would have no businesses left for the Government or for anyone else to interfere with- and almost surely we would have socialism in this country, real socialism. (in 1950)

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.

All through history it's the nations that have given most to generals and the least to the people that have been the first to fall.

Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads.

Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, "on one hand... on the other."

Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time.

How far would have Moses gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?

I do not believe in shooting anything that cannot shoot back.

I don't think the son of a bitch [Richard Nixon] knows the difference between telling the truth and lying.

I don't give a damn about "The Missouri Waltz" but I can't say it out loud because it's the song of Missouri. It's as bad as "The Star-Spangled Banner" so far as music is concerned.

I fear that the machines are several centuries ahead of the morals.

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.

I know every one of these 50 fellows [journalists]. There isn't one of them has enough sense to pound sand in a rat hole.

I never gave anybody hell. I just told the truth and they think it's hell.

I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have sense enough to do without my persuading them... that's all the powers of the President amount to.

I'll go to Japan, if that's what you want, but I won't kiss their ass.

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

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.

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.

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.

Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.

On the one hand, the Republicans are telling industrial workers that the high cost of food in the cities is due to this government's farm policy. On the other hand, the Republicans are telling the farmers that the high cost of manufactured goods on the farm is due to this government's labor policy. That's plain hokum. It's an old political trick: "If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em." But this time it won't work.

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

Put an underdog on top and it makes no difference whether his name is Russian, Jewish, Negro, Management, Labor, Mormon, Baptist he goes haywire. I've found very, very few who remember their past condition when prosperity comes.

Study men, not historians.

The external threat to liberty should not drive us into suppressing liberty at home.

The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.

The President is always abused. If he isn't, he's doing nothing, and is of no value as the Chief Executive.

The Republicans favor a minimum wage- the smaller the minimum the better.

The White House is the finest jail in the world.

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.

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.

Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.

Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

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