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It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.Depression More
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The buck stops here.Money More
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If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.Challenges More
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The president is the representative of the whole nation and he's the only lobbyist that all the one hundred and sixty million people in the country have.
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Our efforts have brought new hope to all mankind. We have beaten back despair and defeatism. We have saved a number of countries from losing their liberty. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world now agree with us, that we need not have war--that we can have peace.
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They said we were soft, that we would not fight, that we could not win. We are not a warlike nation. We do not go to war for gain or for territory; we go to war for principles, and we produce young men like these. I think I told every one of them that I would rather have that medal, the Congressional Medal of Honor, than to be President of the United States.
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The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.United Nations More
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Whenever I make a bum decision, I go out and make another one.Decisions More
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If you can't convince them; confuse them.Confusion More
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Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, On the one hand on the other.Economy and Economics More
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Whenever a man does the best he can, then that is all he can do.Effort More
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Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
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Conceit is God's gift to little men.Conceit More
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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.Children More
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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.Solutions More
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When a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.Voting More
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Being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.
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I always considered statesmen to be more expendable than soldiers.
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It takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.
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Ive 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!
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I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
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You know, the greatest epitaph in the country is here in Arizona. Its in Tombstone, Ariz. , and this epitaph says, Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest. I think that is the greatest epitaph a man could have. Whenever a man does the best he can, then that is all he can do; and that is what your President has been trying to do for the last 3 years for this country.
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Shortly after I was elected, in Nineteen Hundred and Forty-eight, I made up my mind that I would not seek another term. I have seen a great many men in public life, and one of their besetting sins is to stay in office too long. Nowadays, in such organizations as the Army and the civil service and industry, there is compulsory retirement, but no such regulations prevail in politics. I decided that I would not be guilty of this common failing, and that I should make way for younger menand the Constitutional Amendment Number twenty-two, the two-term amendment, does not apply to me. The people responsible for the 22nd amendment thought I was not worth considering and that Id be beaten in 1948 so I was exempted.
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Whenever the press quits abusing me I know Im in the wrong pew. I dont mind it because when they throw bricks at meIm a pretty good shot myself and I usually throw em back at em.
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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.
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We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.
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The legislative job of the President is especially important to the people who have no special representatives to plead their cause before Congressand that includes the great majority. I sometimes express it by saying the President is the only lobbyist that one hundred and fifty million Americans have. The other twenty million are able to employ people to represent themand thats all right, its the exercise of the right of petitionbut someone has to look after the interests of the one hundred and fifty million that are left.
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When a leader is in the Democratic Party he is a boss, and when he is in the Republican Party he is a leader.
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Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.Attitude More
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The atom bomb was no great decision. It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.Nuclear Age More
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How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?Polls More
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If you want to get elected, shake hands with 25, 000 people between and November 7.Election More
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Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.Humour More
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How do you live a long life? Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.Longevity More
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Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.Greatness More
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Whenever you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.Government More
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There has been a lot of talk lately about the burdens of the Presidency. Decisions that the President has to make often affect the lives of tens of millions of people around the world, but that does not mean that they should take longer to make. Some men can make decisions and some cannot. Some men fret and delay under criticism. I used to have a saying that applies here, and I note that some people have picked it up, If you cant stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
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Politics is a fascinating game, because politics is government. It is the art of government.
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On May 14 I was informed that the Provisional Government of Israel was planning to proclaim a Jewish state at midnight that day, Palestine time, which was when the British mandate came to an end. I decided to move at once and give American recognition to the new nation. I instructed a member of my staff to communicate my decision to the State Department and prepare it for transmission to Ambassador Austin at the United Nations in New York. About thirty minutes later, exactly eleven minutes after Israel had been proclaimed a state, Charlie Ross, my press secretary, handed the press the announcement of the de facto recognition by the United States of the provisional government of Israel.
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Some of the Presidents were great and some of them weren't. I can say that, because I wasn't one of the great Presidents, but I had a good time trying to be one, I can tell you that.
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All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.Choice More
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Within the first few months I discovered that being president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep riding or be swallowed.
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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.Communication More
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When contemplating General Eisenhower winning the Presidential election, Truman said, Hell sit here, and hell say, Do this! Do that! And nothing will happen. Poor Ikeit wont be a bit like the Army. Hell find it very frustrating.
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I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest. I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.Excellence More
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Im proud that Im a politician. A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician whos been dead 10 or 15 years.
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Study men, not historians.History and Historians More
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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 for fifteen years.
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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.Greatness More
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