Lyndon B Johnson Quotes & Wallpapers

Lyndon B Johnson
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The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources-because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples. Lyndon B Johnson

I believe in the American tradition of separation of church and state which is expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. By my office - and by personal conviction - I am sworn to uphold that tradition. Lyndon B Johnson

If the purpose of lamentation be to excite pity, it is surely superfluous for age and weakness to tell their plaintive stories; for pity presupposes sympathy, and a little attention will show them, that those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt. Lyndon B Johnson

...that though they may refuse to grow wise, they must inevitably grow old; ...that the proper solaces of age are not music and compliments, but wisdom and devotion; that those who are so unwilling to quit the world will soon be driven from it; and that it is therefore in their interest to retire while there yet remain a few hours of nobler employments. Lyndon B Johnson

Boys, it is just like the Alamo. Somebody should have by God helped those Texans. I'm going to Vietnam. Lyndon B Johnson

I am proud to be a member of a party that opens its doors to all men-and closes its hearts to none. Lyndon B Johnson

Of those to whom much is given, much is asked. Lyndon B Johnson

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

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

If a single act of folly was more responsible for this explosion than any other it was the arbitrary and dangerous announced decision that the Straits of Tiran would be closed. The right of innocent, maritime passage must be preserved for all nations Lyndon B Johnson

Every citizen will be able, in his productive years when he is earning, to insure himself against the ravages of illness in his old age. Lyndon B Johnson

It (the heart) is supposed in popular language, to be the seat sometimes, of courage, sometimes of affection, sometimes of honesty, or baseness. Lyndon B Johnson

Law is the great civilizing machinery. It liberates the desire to build and subdues the desire to destroy. Lyndon B Johnson

What convinces is conviction. Lyndon B Johnson

This is a sad time for all people. We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. For me, it is a deep, personal tragedy. I know the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do my best; that is all I can do. I ask for your help and God's. Lyndon B Johnson

I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it. Lyndon B Johnson

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men. Lyndon B Johnson

What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you're advancing. If you don't you're as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn't there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you. Lyndon B Johnson

We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors. Lyndon B Johnson

Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance. Lyndon B Johnson

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

Once we considered education a public expense; we know now that it is a public investment. Lyndon B Johnson

No national sovereignty rules in outer space. Those who venture there go as envoys of the entire human race. Their quest, therefore, must be for all mankind, and what they find should belong to all mankind. Lyndon B Johnson

You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered. Lyndon B Johnson

I am making a collection of the things my opponents have found me to be and, when this election is over, I am going to open a museum and put them on display. Lyndon B Johnson

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

I'm tired. I'm tired of feeling rejected by the American people. I'm tired of waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the war. Lyndon B Johnson

'Human history, ' H.G. Wells once wrote, 'becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.' You and I cannot be indifferent to the outcome of that race. We care deeply about the winner. Because we do care so deeply about the winner, that is why we are all in the East Room of the White House today. Lyndon B Johnson

This Congress did more to uplift education, more to attack disease in this country and around the world, and more to conquer poverty than any other session in all American history, and what more worthy achievements could any person want to have? For it was the Congress that was more true than any other Congress to Thomas Jefferson's belief that: 'The care of human life and happiness is the first and only legitimate objective of good Government.' Lyndon B Johnson

In the years since then, those four freedoms - freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear - have stood as a summary of our aspirations for the American Republic and for the world. Lyndon B Johnson

And Americans have always stood ready to pay the cost in energy and treasure which are needed to make those goals a reality. Lyndon B Johnson

History may well record that we served liberty and saved freedom when we undertook a crash program in the field of education . . .. I hope this bill is only the forerunner of better things to come. Lyndon B Johnson

We must not only protect the country side and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities ... Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted. Lyndon B Johnson

The poor suffer twice at the rioter's hands. First, his destructive fury scars their neighborhood; second, the atmosphere of accommodation and consent is changed to one of hostility and resentment. Lyndon B Johnson

So, I would appeal to my fellow Americans by saying, the only real road to progress for free people is through the process of law and that is the road that America will travel. Lyndon B Johnson

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

He that in the latter part of his life too strictly inquires what he has done, can very seldom receive from his own heart such an account as will give him satisfaction. Lyndon B Johnson

Of course, I may go into a strange bedroom every now and then that I don't want you to write about, but otherwise you can write everything. Lyndon B Johnson

I wake up 5 a.m. some mornings and hear the planes coming in at National Airport and I think they are bombing me. Lyndon B Johnson

The final conquest of poverty is within our grasp. Lyndon B Johnson

In my state, on the basis of the separate but equal doctrine, we have made enormous strides over the years in the education of both races. Personally, I think it would have been sounder judgment to allow that progress to continue through the process of natural evolution. However, there is no point crying about spilt milk. Lyndon B Johnson

As we maintain the vigil of peace, we must remember that justice is a vigil, too-a vigil we must keep in our own streets and schools and among the lives of all our people-so that those who died here on their native soil shall not have died in vain. Lyndon B Johnson

To sustain an environment suitable for man, we must fight on a thousand battlegrounds. Despite all of our wealth and knowledge, we cannot create a redwood forest, a wild river, or a gleaming seashore. Lyndon B Johnson

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

Did you ever think that making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else. Lyndon B Johnson

You know there is no one in the world I would rather sleep with than Yuki. Lyndon B Johnson

Reporters are like puppets. They simply respond to the pull of the most powerful strings. Lyndon B Johnson

The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled. So, unless we work to strengthen the family, to create conditions under which most parents will stay together, all the rest - schools, playgrounds, and public assitance, and private concern - will never be enough. Lyndon B Johnson

Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad. Lyndon B Johnson

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

Every gift contains a danger. Whatever gift we have we are compelled to express. And if the expression of that gift is blocked, distorted, or merely allowed to languish, then the gift turns against us, and we suffer. Lyndon B Johnson

All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today. Lyndon B Johnson

If government is to serve any purpose it is to do for others what they are unable to do for themselves. Lyndon B Johnson

I will not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president. Lyndon B Johnson

No nation in the world has had greater fortune than mine in sharing a continent with the people and the nation of Canada. Lyndon B Johnson

You have your own difficulties. We watch, with friendly confidence in your capacity to merge differences in the grand dream of Canadian design. Lyndon B Johnson

The crotch, down where your nuts hang, is always a little too tight. Lyndon B Johnson

We Americans know - although others appear to forget - the risk of spreading conflict. We still seek no wider war. Lyndon B Johnson

This Nation-this generation-in this hour, has man's first chance to build the Great Society-a place where the meaning of man's life matches the marvels of man's labor. Lyndon B Johnson

The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. They are necessary symbols. They protect what we cherish. But they are witness to human folly. Lyndon B Johnson

The best fertilizer for a piece of land is the footprints of its owner. Lyndon B Johnson

We are now embarked on another venture to put the American dream to work in meeting the new demands of a new day. Once again we must start where men would improve their society have always known they must begin - with an educational system restudied, reinforced, and revitalized. Lyndon B Johnson

I believe, with abiding conviction, that this people-nurtured by their deep faith, tutored by their hard lessons, moved by their high aspirations-have the will to meet the trials that these times impose. Lyndon B Johnson

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

Our objective in South Vietnam has never been the annihilation of the enemy. It has been to bring about a recognition in Hanoi that its objective - taking over the South by force - could not be achieved. Lyndon B Johnson

Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity. Lyndon B Johnson

Whether we are New Dealer, Old Dealer, Liberty Leaguer or Red, whether we agree or not, we still have the right to think and speak how we feel. Lyndon B Johnson

Only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other is to let her have it. Lyndon B Johnson

It will help at every state along the road to learning. For the pre-school years we will help needy children become aware of the excitement of learning. Lyndon B Johnson

New laboratories and centers will help our schools lift their standards of excellence and explore new methods of teaching. These centers will provide special training for those who need and deserve special treatment. Lyndon B Johnson



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