Harry S Truman Quotes & Wallpapers

Harry S Truman
Total Quotes: 452

There are always a lot of people so afraid of rocking the boat that they stop rowing. We can never get ahead that way. Harry S Truman

There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have. Harry S Truman

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. Harry S Truman

We must never forget that this coutry was founded by men who came to these shores to worship God as they pleased. Catholics, Jews, and Protestants, all came here for this great purpose. They did not come here to do as they pleased - but to worship God as they pleased, and that is an important distinction. Harry S Truman

I don't believe in anti-anything. A man has to have a program; you have to be for something. Otherwise, you will never get anywhere. Harry S Truman

I sincerely regret the unfortunate choice of language, which I used in my letter of Aug 29 to Congress McDonough concerning the Marine Corps... Harry S Truman

It's tougher to be a football coach than the President of the United States. You've got four years as a president, and they guard you. A football coach doesn't have anyone to protect him when things go wrong. Harry S Truman

Everybody is headed for the same place, and they are headed on the same train, and under the same engineer. Harry S Truman

I got very well acquainted with Joe Stalin, and I like old Joe! He is a decent fellow. But Joe is a prisoner of the Politburo. Harry S Truman

How do you live a long life? "Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast." Harry S Truman

The record proves that in peaceful commerce the combined efforts of our countries can produce outstanding results. Our trade with each other is far greater than that of any other two nations on earth. Harry S Truman

Democrats work to help people who need help. That other party, they work for people who don't need help. That's all there is to it. Harry S Truman

I have tried my best to give the nation everything I had in me. There are probably a million people who could have done the job better than I did it, but I had the job and I always quote an epitaph on a tombstone in a cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona: "Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest." Harry S Truman

The United States should not under any circumstances throw away our gun until we are sure the rest of the world cannot arm against us. Harry S Truman

Never, never waste a minute on regret. It's a waste of time. Harry S Truman

I enjoyed my new position as vice president, but it took me a while to get used to the fact that I no longer had the voting privileges I had enjoyed for 10 years as a senator. Harry S Truman

An optimist is presented with a problem and sees an opportunity. A pessimist is presented with an opportunity and sees a problem. Harry S Truman

If you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen. Harry S Truman

If you want to live like a Republican, you've got to vote for a Democrat. Harry S Truman

I have just read your lousy review [of a concert by Truman's daughter, Margaret] buried in the back pages. You sound like a frustrated old man who never made a success, an eight-ulcer man on a four-ulcer job, and all four ulcers working. I have never met you, but if I do you'll need a new nose and plenty of beefsteak and perhaps a supporter below. Harry S Truman

There's nothing better than cake but more cake. Harry S Truman

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

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

Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it. Harry S Truman

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

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

I received a card the other day from Steve Early which said, "Don't Worry Me-I am an 8 Ulcer Man on 4 Ulcer Pay. Harry S Truman

The human race has reached a turning point. Man has opened the secrets of nature and mastered new powers. If he uses them wisely, he can reach new heights of civilization. If he uses them foolishly, they may destroy him. Man must create the moral and legal framework for the world which will insure that his new powers are used for good and not for evil. Harry S Truman

The responsibility of the great states is to serve, and not to dominate, the world. Harry S Truman

A leader is the man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do, and like it. Harry S Truman

I don't want this office, this responsibility, any longer, even if you want me. Find the strongest and most able and God bless you. Good-bye. Harry S Truman

I have had enough experience in all my years, and have read enough of the past, to know that advice to grandchildren is usually wasted. Harry S Truman

I never sit on a fence. I am either on one side or another. Harry S Truman

Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles. Harry S Truman

In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Harry S Truman

Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and freedom of opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous, it is absolutely fatal to liberty. Harry S Truman

Divine Providence has played a great part in our history. I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose. It is not given to us to know fully what that purpose is, but I think we may be sure of one thing, and that is that our country is intended to do all it can, in cooperating with other nations to help created peace and preserve peace in the world. It is given to defend the spiritual values-the moral code-against the vast forces of evil that seek to destroy them. Harry S Truman

The only new thing is history we don't know. Harry S Truman

If you can't stand the heat, then move to Minnesota. They have snow in May. Harry S Truman

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 Ike it won't be a bit like the Army. Hell find it very frustrating. Harry S Truman

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

Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest. Harry S Truman

When you have to deal with a beast, you have to treat him as a beast. It is most regrettable but nevertheless true. Harry S Truman

May the sun never set on American baseball. Harry S Truman

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. Harry S Truman

I have to decide Japanese strategy - shall we invade Japan proper or shall we bomb and blockade? That is my hardest decision to date. But I'll make it when I have all the facts. Harry S Truman

I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way. Harry S Truman

No one who has not had the responsibility can really understand what it is like to be President, not even his closest aides or members of his immediate family. There is no end to the chain of responsibility that binds him, and he is never allowed to forget that he is President. Harry S Truman

No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs. Harry S Truman

There is a lure in power. It can get into a man's blood just as gambling and lust for money have been known to do Harry S Truman

Despite his unimpressive appearance and manner, he was a brilliant fellow with a crystal-clear mind.... It was just that, when it came time for him to act like an executive, he was like a great many other people; when the time comes to make decisions, they have difficulty doing it. Harry S Truman

When the Liberals said they were going to create a million new jobs, I didn't think they were all going to be tax collectors. If you can't convince them, confuse them. Harry S Truman

Nothing is more important in our national life than the welfare of our children. Harry S Truman

We all have to recognise, no matter how great our strength, that we must deny ourselves the licence to do always as we please. Harry S Truman

Now days battles are just sort of a You shoot up my town and I'll shoot up yours. They say that Americans don't play fair. They shoot 'em up all the time. I hope so because I want to finish this job as soon as possible and begin making an honest living again. Harry S Truman

We are in a troublesome period, and some nonsense as you term it - but this is a great nation with a high purpose, and we shall come to our senses and resume our course. 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

I fired him [General Douglas MacArthur] because he wouldn't respect the authority of the president. That's the answer to that. I didn't fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail. Harry S Truman

Nothing but a damn bunch of bullshit! Harry S Truman

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

Now they accuse me of going up and down the Nation on a whistlestop train, and the slogans that they hurl at me most of the time are 'Give 'em hell, Harry.' That reputation I did not earn. All I do is to tell them [the Republicans] the truth, and that hurts a lot worse than giving them hell. Harry S Truman

The responsibility of great states is to serve and not to dominate the world. Harry S Truman

Once a decision was made I did not worry about it afterward. 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

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

I never gave 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 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

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

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