List Photo: Freebase/Public domain

politics The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes

669 votes 22k views 53 items Embed

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. If a quote is cut off you can hover over the text to see the full quote.

A list of the best Lyndon B. Johnson quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Lyndon B. Johnson quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Lyndon B. Johnson quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Lyndon B. Johnson should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Lyndon B. Johnson quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Lyndon B. Johnson quotes?" and "What is the most famous Lyndon B. Johnson quote?"

You can see what subjects these historic Lyndon B. Johnson quotes fall under displayed to the right of the quote. Be sure to vote so your favorite Lyndon B. Johnson saying won't fall to the bottom of the list.

1
+ - 53 10
Boys, I may not know much, but... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad. Lyndon B. Johnson

9 WTF Stories of LBJ's Obsession with His Presidential Privates The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

2
+ - 26 3
You aren't learning anything w... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
You aren't learning anything when you're talking. Lyndon B. Johnson

3
+ - 20 2
There can no longer be anyone ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
There can no longer be anyone too poor to vote. Lyndon B. Johnson

4
+ - 22 3
Every child must be encouraged... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sakebut for the nations sake. Nothing matters more to the future of our country: not military preparednessfor armed might is worthless if we lack the brain power to build a world of peace; not our productive economyfor we cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of governmentfor freedom is fragile if citizens are ignorant. Lyndon B. Johnson

5
+ - 17 2
The American city should be a ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individuals dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today. Lyndon B. Johnson

6
+ - 19 3
The guns and bombs, the rocket... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The guns and bombs, the rockets and the warships, all are symbols of human failure. Lyndon B. Johnson

7
+ - 19 3
I'd rather give my life than b... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it. Lyndon B. Johnson

8
+ - 19 4
We come to reason, not to domi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
We come to reason, not to dominate. We do not seek to have our way, but to find a common way. Lyndon B. Johnson

9
+ - 39 21
I'll have those niggers voting... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for 200 years.

10
+ - 17 3
A rioter with a Molotov cockta... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face. Lyndon B. Johnson

11
+ - 17 3
A president's hardest task is ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right. Lyndon B. Johnson

12
+ - 19 5
I am going to build the kind o... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for. Lyndon B. Johnson

13
+ - 20 6
Heck by the time a man scratch... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Heck by the time a man scratches his behind, clears his throat, and tells me how smart he is, we've already wasted fifteen minutes. Lyndon B. Johnson

14
+ - 11 1
Every man should know that his... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his personal life are private. I have urged Congressexcept when the Nations security is at staketo take action to that end. Lyndon B. Johnson

15
+ - 13 2
A man without a vote is man wi... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
A man without a vote is man without protection. Lyndon B. Johnson

The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years 19 Celebrities with Heterochromia Iridis

16
+ - 13 3
Son, in politics you've got to... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Son, in politics you've got to learn that overnight chicken shit can turn to chicken salad. Lyndon B. Johnson

17
+ - 11 2
The Great Society is a place w... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community. It is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods. Lyndon B. Johnson

18
+ - 12 3
The separation of church and s... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
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

19
+ - 9 1
As man draws nearer to the sta... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor? Lyndon B. Johnson

20
+ - 9 1
The world has narrowed to a ne... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The world has narrowed to a neighborhood before it has broadened to a brotherhood. Lyndon B. Johnson

21
+ - 10 2
Our mission is at once the old... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man. Because all Americans just must have the right to vote. And we are going to give them that right. All Americans must have the privileges of citizenship regardless of race. And they are going to have those privileges of citizenship regardless of race. Lyndon B. Johnson

22
+ - 8 1
If you're I politics and you c... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
If you're I politics and you can't tell when you walk into a room who's for you and who's against you, then you're in the wrong line of work. Lyndon B. Johnson

23
+ - 11 4
We dont propose to sit here in... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
We dont propose to sit here in our rocking chair with our hands folded and let the Communists set up any government in the Western Hemisphere. Lyndon B. Johnson

24
+ - 7 1
It is the genius of our Consti... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention. Lyndon B. Johnson

25
+ - 8 2
If we are to live together in ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better. Lyndon B. Johnson

26
+ - 6 1
Doing what's right isn't the p... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right. Lyndon B. Johnson

27
+ - 5 0
We live in a world that has na... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood. Lyndon B. Johnson

28
+ - 8 3
The men who have guided the de... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America. Lyndon B. Johnson

29
+ - 5 1
To hunger for use and to go un... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
To hunger for use and to go unused is the worst hunger of all. Lyndon B. Johnson

The Worst U.S. Presidents Things You Should Know How to Do Before You Turn 30

30
+ - 5 1
It is the excitement of becomi... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
It is the excitement of becoming - always becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting, and trying again- but always trying and always gaining... Lyndon B. Johnson

31
+ - 4 0
In the Great Society, work sha... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
In the Great Society, work shall be an outlet for mans interests and desires. Each individual shall have full opportunity to use his capacities in employment which satisfies personally and contributes generally to the quality of the Nations life. Lyndon B. Johnson

32
+ - 4 0
As it was 189 years ago, so to... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
As it was 189 years ago, so today the cause of America is a revolutionary cause. And I am proud this morning to salute you as fellow revolutionaries. Neither you nor I are willing to accept the tyranny of poverty, nor the dictatorship of ignorance, nor the despotism of ill health, nor the oppression of bias and prejudice and bigotry. We want change. We want progress. We want it both abroad and at homeand we aim to get it. Lyndon B. Johnson

33
+ - 7 4
This administration today, her... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort. Lyndon B. Johnson

34
+ - 6 3
I believe that the essence of ... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
I believe that the essence of government lies with unceasing concern for the welfare and dignity and decency and innate integrity of life for every individual. I dont like to say this and wish I didnt have to add these words to make it clear but I willregardless of color, creed, ancestry, sex or age. Lyndon B. Johnson

35
+ - 5 2
Peace is a journey of a thousa... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time. Lyndon B. Johnson

36
+ - 4 1
I pray we are still a young an... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
I pray we are still a young and courageous nation, that we have not grown so old and so fat and so prosperous that all we can think about is to sit back with our arms around our money bags. If we choose to do that I have no doubt that the smoldering fires will burst into flame and consume us -- dollars and all. Lyndon B. Johnson

37
+ - 3 0
Europe has been at peace since... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Europe has been at peace since 1945. But it is a restless peace thats shadowed by the threat of violence. Europe is partitioned. An unnatural line runs through the heart of a very great and a very proud nation [Germany]. History warns us that until this harsh division has been resolved, peace in Europe will never be secure. We must turn to one of the great unfinished tasks of our generationand that unfinished task is making Europe whole again. Lyndon B. Johnson

38
+ - 5 3
There are no problems we canno... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves. Lyndon B. Johnson

39
+ - 3 1
The noblest search is the sear... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The noblest search is the search for excellence. Lyndon B. Johnson

40
+ - 3 2
In the last few decades entire... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
In the last few decades entire new categories of waste have come to plague and menace the American scene. Pollution is growing at a rapid rate. Pollution destroys beauty and menaces health. It cuts down on efficiency, reduces property values and raises taxes. Almost all these wastes and pollutions are the result of activities carried on for the benefit of man. A prime national goal must be an environment that is pleasing to the senses and healthy to live in. Our Government is already doing much in this field. We have made significant progress. But more must be done. Lyndon B. Johnson

41
+ - 3 2
In Asia we face an ambitious a... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
In Asia we face an ambitious and aggressive China, but we have the will and we have the strength to help our Asian friends resist that ambition. Sometimes our folks get a little impatient. Sometimes they rattle their rockets some, and they bluff about their bombs. But we are not about to send American boys 9 or 10,000 miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves. Lyndon B. Johnson

42
+ - 3 2
The great society is a place w... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The great society is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goods than with the quantity of their goods. Lyndon B. Johnson

43
+ - 3 2
I dont believe in labels. I wa... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
I dont believe in labels. I want to do the best I can, all the time. I want to be progressive without getting both feet off the ground at the same time. I want to be prudent without having my mind closed to anything that is new or different. I have often said that I was proud that I was a free man first and an American second, and a public servant third and a Democrat fourth, in that order, and I guess as a Democrat, if I had to takeplace a label on myself, I would want to be a progressive who is prudent. Lyndon B. Johnson

The Most Favorably Viewed US Presidents Lying Politicians: The Worst Liars In American Politics

44
+ - 2 1
We must open the doors of oppo... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
We must open the doors of opportunity. Lyndon B. Johnson

45
+ - 2 1
The moon and other celestial b... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The moon and other celestial bodies should be free for exploration and use by all countries. No country should be permitted to advance a claim of sovereignty. Lyndon B. Johnson

46
+ - 2 1
For this is what America is al... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground. Lyndon B. Johnson

47
+ - 2 1
The hungry world cannot be fed... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The hungry world cannot be fed until and unless the growth of its resources and the growth of its population come into balance. Each man and woman-and each nation --must make decisions of conscience and policy in the face of this great problem. Lyndon B. Johnson

48
+ - 5 5
Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time. Lyndon B. Johnson

49
+ - 2 2
I hope that you of the IPA wil... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
I hope that you of the IPA will go out into the hinterland and rouse the masses and blow the bugles and tell them that the hour has arrived and their day is here; that we are on the march against the ancient enemies and we are going to be successful. Lyndon B. Johnson

50
+ - 2 3
The challenge of the next half... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes
The challenge of the next half century is whether we have the wisdom to use that wealth to enrich and elevate our national life, and to advance the quality of our American civilization. The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time. But that is just the beginning. The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where leisure is a welcome chance to build and reflect, not a feared cause of boredom and restlessness. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community. It is a place where man can renew contact with nature. It is a place which honors creation for its own sake and for what it adds to the understanding of the race. It is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods. But most of all, the Great Society is not a safe harbor, a resting place, a final objective, a finished work. It is a challenge constantly renewed, beckoning us toward a destiny where the meaning of our lives matches the marvelous products of our labor. Lyndon B. Johnson