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


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


  3. If you can't convince them; confuse them.


  4. I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.




  5. All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.


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


  7. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.


  8. Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.


  9. How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?


  10. 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.


  11. When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.


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


  13. We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.


  14. Whenever a man does the best he can, then that is all he can do.


  15. Study men, not historians.


  16. Within the first few months I discovered that being president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep riding or be swallowed.

    • politics

  17. How do you live a long life? Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.


  18. A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.

    • politics

  19. We must build a new world, a far better world -- one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.


  20. Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.

    • truth

  21. You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the worst of two evils or none at all. So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two. Nixon is impossible.


  22. It takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.

    • politics

  23. Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place.

    • came

  24. When a leader is in the Democratic Party he is a boss, and when he is in the Republican Party he is a leader.

    • politics

  25. Conceit is God's gift to little men.


  26. Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.

    • greatness

  27. Whenever I make a bum decision, I go out and make another one.


  28. We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries.


  29. The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.


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

    • depression


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    In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity.


    The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.

    • history

    My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.


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


    The President is always abused. If he isn't, he isn't doing anything.


    If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.


    It sure is hell to be president.


    Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.


    A President cannot always be popular.


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    How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?

    • politics

    Within the first few months I discovered that being president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep riding or be swallowed.

    • politics

    A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.

    • politics

    When a leader is in the Democratic Party he is a boss, and when he is in the Republican Party he is a leader.

    • politics

    It takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.

    • politics

    I always considered statesmen to be more expendable than soldiers.

    • politics

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

    • politics

    You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

    • politics

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    Being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.


    Some of the Presidents were great and some of them weren't. I can say that, because I wasn't one of the great Presidents, but I had a good time trying to be one, I can tell you that.

    • presidency

    The president is the representative of the whole nation and he's the only lobbyist that all the one hundred and sixty million people in the country have.

    • presidency

    When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn't for you. It's for the Presidency.

    • presidency

    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.

    • presidency

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    I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

    • truth

    Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.

    • truth

    Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in.


    I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.


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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.

    • came

    It sure is hell to be president.

    • hell

    I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

    • anybody

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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.


If that's art, I'm a Hottentot!


I would rather have peace in the world than be President.


The atom bomb was no great decision. It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.




There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.

  • history

You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.


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


The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.


Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in.

  • sides

It isn't important who is ahead at one time or another, in either an election or a horse race.It's the horse that comes in first at the finish that counts


The Buck Stops Here


You know, the greatest epitaph in the country is here in Arizona. Its in Tombstone, Ariz. , and this epitaph says, Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest. I think that is the greatest epitaph a man could have. Whenever a man does the best he can, then that is all he can do; and that is what your President has been trying to do for the last 3 years for this country.


A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.


Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.


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

  • elected

The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.


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.


The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction.


A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.


On May 14 I was informed that the Provisional Government of Israel was planning to proclaim a Jewish state at midnight that day, Palestine time, which was when the British mandate came to an end. I decided to move at once and give American recognition to the new nation. I instructed a member of my staff to communicate my decision to the State Department and prepare it for transmission to Ambassador Austin at the United Nations in New York. About thirty minutes later, exactly eleven minutes after Israel had been proclaimed a state, Charlie Ross, my press secretary, handed the press the announcement of the de facto recognition by the United States of the provisional government of Israel.


Politics is a fascinating game, because politics is government. It is the art of government.


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


The White House is the finest prison in the world.


The legislative job of the President is especially important to the people who have no special representatives to plead their cause before Congressand that includes the great majority. I sometimes express it by saying the President is the only lobbyist that one hundred and fifty million Americans have. The other twenty million are able to employ people to represent themand thats all right, its the exercise of the right of petitionbut someone has to look after the interests of the one hundred and fifty million that are left.


Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.


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.


If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again.


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


People are very much wrought up about the Communist bugaboo.


The buck stops here!


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.

  • courage

Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.


They said we were soft, that we would not fight, that we could not win. We are not a warlike nation. We do not go to war for gain or for territory; we go to war for principles, and we produce young men like these. I think I told every one of them that I would rather have that medal, the Congressional Medal of Honor, than to be President of the United States.


It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.

  • peace

You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.


Once a decision was made, I didn't worry about it afterward...


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.

  • anything

You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on.


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


Ive 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!


My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.

  • dad

Im proud that Im a politician. A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician whos been dead 10 or 15 years.


I always considered statesmen to be more expendable than soldiers.

  • politics

There has been a lot of talk lately about the burdens of the Presidency. Decisions that the President has to make often affect the lives of tens of millions of people around the world, but that does not mean that they should take longer to make. Some men can make decisions and some cannot. Some men fret and delay under criticism. I used to have a saying that applies here, and I note that some people have picked it up, If you cant stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.


Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, On the one hand on the other.


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.

  • presidency

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.


If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.

  • ended

If you want to get elected, shake hands with 25, 000 people between and November 7.

  • voting

It sure is hell to be president.

  • hell

I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.


How far would have Moses gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt


A President cannot always be popular.

  • popular

Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.

  • face

I come to the office each morning and stay for long hours doing what has to be done to the best of my ability. And when you've done the best you can, you can't do any better.


I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it.


The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's.

  • history

Some of the Presidents were great and some of them weren't. I can say that, because I wasn't one of the great Presidents, but I had a good time trying to be one, I can tell you that.

  • presidency

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

  • anybody

Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court he ceases to be your friend.


You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

  • politics

The President is always abused. If he isn't, he isn't doing anything.

  • anything

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.


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.


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.

  • anybody

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.


Whenever the press quits abusing me I know Im in the wrong pew. I dont mind it because when they throw bricks at meIm a pretty good shot myself and I usually throw em back at em.


It's plain hokum. If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em. It's an old political trick. But this time it won't work.


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.


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.

  • came

Nixon is 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.

  • sides

When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn't for you. It's for the Presidency.

  • presidency

The president is the representative of the whole nation and he's the only lobbyist that all the one hundred and sixty million people in the country have.

  • presidency

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

  • politics

In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity.

  • capacity

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.


Being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.

  • presidency

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