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Harry S Truman
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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
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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
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Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it. Harry S Truman
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This administration is going to be cussed and discussed for years to come. Harry S Truman
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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
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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
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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
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How do you live a long life? "Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast." Harry S Truman
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There's nothing better than cake but more cake. Harry S Truman
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If you can't convince them, confuse them. Harry S Truman
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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If you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen. Harry S Truman
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Never, never waste a minute on regret. It's a waste of time. Harry S Truman
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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
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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
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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
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Everybody is headed for the same place, and they are headed on the same train, and under the same engineer. Harry S Truman
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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
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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
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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
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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
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If you want to live like a Republican, you've got to vote for a Democrat. Harry S Truman
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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
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About the meanest thing you can say about a man is that he means well. Harry S Truman
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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
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A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader. Harry S Truman
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I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell. Harry S Truman
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I would rather have peace in the world than be President. Harry S Truman
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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
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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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If you tell Congress everything about the world situation, they get hysterical. If you tell them nothing, they go fishing. Harry S Truman
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The Republican Party either corrupts its liberals or it expels them. Harry S Truman
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If you think somebody is telling a big lie about you, the only way to answer is with the whole truth. Harry S Truman
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On tight money: It reflects a reversion to the old idea that the tree can be fertilized at the top instead of at the bottom - the old trickle-down theory. Harry S Truman
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The responsibility of the great states is to serve, and not to dominate, the world. Harry S Truman
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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
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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
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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
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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. Harry S Truman
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Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest. Harry S Truman
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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
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May the sun never set on American baseball. Harry S Truman
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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. Harry S Truman
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I never sit on a fence. I am either on one side or another. Harry S Truman
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Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles. Harry S Truman
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No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs. Harry S Truman
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Nothing is more important in our national life than the welfare of our children. Harry S Truman
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Harry S Truman
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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
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Once a decision was made I did not worry about it afterward. Harry S Truman
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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 Ike it won't be a bit like the Army. Hell find it very frustrating. Harry S Truman
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The only new thing is history we don't know. Harry S Truman
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If you can't stand the heat, then move to Minnesota. They have snow in May. Harry S Truman
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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
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I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way. Harry S Truman
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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