An honest public servant can't become rich in politics. He can only attain greatness and satisfaction by service.

— Harry S. Truman

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It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

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Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word. Never get too big for your britches. Trust in God. Have no fear; and Never forget a friend.

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My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. To tell the truth, there's hardly a difference.

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Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.

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

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Men make history and not the other way around.

In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

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A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.

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Term limits would cure both senility and seniority- both terrible legislative diseases.

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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.

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The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.

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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

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Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

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About Harry S. Truman

Quotes 372 sayings
Profession 33rd U.S. President
Birthday May 8, 1884

When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril.

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Three things ruin a man: power, money, and women.

I never wanted power. I never had any money, and the only woman in my life is up at the house right now.

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There's nothing better than cake but more cake.

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Without a strong educational system — free of government control — democracy is crippled. Knowledge is not only the key to power. It is the citadel of human freedom.

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A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

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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.

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I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.

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I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have in it now.

I believe it has a glorious future before it - not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization.

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Religious and racial persecution is moronic at all times, perhaps the most idiotic of human stupidities.

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It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.

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I wonder how far Moses would have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt? What would Jesus Christ have preached if He had taken a poll in the land of Israel? Where would the Reformation have gone if Martin Luther had taken a poll? It isn't polls or public opinion alone of the moment that counts.

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Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.

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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.

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There is some risk involved in action, there always is.

But there is far more risk in failure to act.

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Of course I believe in free enterprise but in my system of free enterprise, the democratic principle is that there never was, never has been, never will be, room for the ruthless exploitation of the many for the benefit of the few.

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

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

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My favorite animal is the mule. He has more horse sense than a horse. He knows when to stop eating - and he knows when to stop working.

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Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.

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Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.

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The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.

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I do not understand a mind which sees a gracious beneficence in spending money to slay and maim human beings in almost unimaginable numbers and deprecates the expenditure of a smaller sum to patch up the ills of mankind.

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The Marshall Plan will go down in history as one of America's greatest contributions to the peace of the world.

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If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog.

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The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

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Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.

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The difficulty with businessmen entering politics, after they've had a successful business career, is that they want to start at the top.

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We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives - but in what we do for others

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Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.

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The most peaceful thing in the world is plowing a field.

Chances are you’ll do your best thinking that way. And that’s why I’ve always thought and said, farmers are the smartest people in the world, they don’t go for high hats and they can spot a phony a mile off.

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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.

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I have just read your lousy review. You sound like a frustrated old man who never made a success, an eightulcer man on a four ulcer job ... I have never met you but if I do, you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and a supporter below.

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Some day we'll awake, have a reformation of the heart, teach our kids honor and kill a few sex psychologists, put boys in high schools with men teachers (not sissies), close all the girls' finishing schools, shoot all the effeciency experts and become a nation of God's people once more.

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To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.

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If you can't convince them, confuse them.

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If we do not abolish war on this earth, then surely one day war will abolish us from the earth.

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I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have faith in it now.

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