Harry S Truman Quotes (79 quotations)

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1. A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants. - Harry S Truman

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

3. A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. - Harry S Truman

4. A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years. - Harry S Truman

5. A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. - Harry S Truman

6. Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny. - Harry S Truman

7. All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it. - Harry S Truman

8. All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. - Harry S Truman

9. America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. - Harry S Truman

10. 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

11. Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art. - Harry S Truman

12. Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don't ever apologize for anything. - Harry S Truman

13. Democracy is, first and foremost, a spiritual force, it is built upon a spiritual basis - and on a belief in God and an observance of moral principle. And in the long run only the church can provide that basis. Our founder knew this truth - and we will neglect it at our peril. - Harry S Truman

14. Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice. - Harry S Truman

15. He wasn't used to being criticized, and he never did get it through his head that's what politics is all about. He was used to getting his ass kissed. - Harry S Truman

16. He's one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides. - Harry S Truman

17. 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 - when he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do. - Harry S Truman

18. I don't give a damn about "The Missouri Waltz" but I can't say it out loud because it's the song of Missouri. It's as bad as "The Star-Spangled Banner" so far as music is concerned. - Harry S Truman

19. 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. - Harry S Truman

20. 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

21. I have read your lousy review of Margaret's concert. I've come to the conclusion that you are an eight ulcer man on a four ulcer job Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes and perhaps a supporter below. - Harry S Truman

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

23. 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

24. I was the only calm one in the house. You see I've been shot at by experts. - Harry S Truman

25. 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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