I'll tell you what's at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you.— Lyndon B. Johnson
The most unforgettable Lyndon B. Johnson quotes that will inspire your inner self
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.
Lincoln was right about not fooling all the people all the time.
But Republicans haven't given up trying.
Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.
There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.
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.
A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it.
Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation.
Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact.
This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.
You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.
The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.
When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.
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.
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
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 mask on his face. They are both more or less what the law declares them: lawbreakers, destroyers of constitutional rights and liberties and ultimately destroyers of a free America.
We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.
Let us close the springs of racial poison.
Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences and make our nation whole.
The job, of course, will never be finished.
For a nation, as for an individual, education is a perpetually unfinished journey, a continuing process of discovery.
This is not Johnson's war. This is America's war. If I drop dead tomorrow, this war will still be with you.
Our most tragic error may have been our inability to establish a rapport and a confidence with the press and television with the communication media. I don't think the press has understood me.
Our society is illuminated by the spiritual insights of the Hebrew prophets.
America and Israel have a common love of human freedom, and they have a common faith in a democratic way of life.
Education is the key to opportunity in our society, and the equality of educational opportunity must be the birthright of every citizen.
Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm.
There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.
We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights.
It is time now to write the next chapter - and to write it in the books of law.
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.
I'm gonna hunker down like a jack rabbit in a dust storm
I'll have those n**gers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.
Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.
If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.
This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless.
It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.
Democrats legislate; Republicans investigate.
We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.
The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources--because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.
No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.
I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being a jackass caught in a hail storm. You've got to just stand there and take it.
You aren't learning anything when you're talking.
Did you ever think that making a speech on economy is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.
The noblest search is the search for excellence.
We have always believed that our people can stand on no higher ground than the school ground, or can enter any more hopeful room than the classroom. We blend time and faith and knowledge in our schools - not only to create educated citizens, but also to shape the destiny of this great Republic.
I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle.
The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.
I believe the destiny of your generation - and your nation - is a rendezvous with excellence.
...International education cannot be the work of one country. It is the responsibility and promise of all nations. It calls for free exchange and full collaboration...The knowledge of our citizens is one treasure which grows only when it is shared.
It is important that the United States remain a two-party system.
I'm a fellow who likes small parties and the Republican Party can't be too small to suit me.
At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom.
There is no Constitutional issue here.
The command of the Constitution is plain. There is no moral issue. It is wrong - deadly wrong - to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States' rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.
Every American citizen must have an equal right to vote.
There is no reason which can excuse the denial of that right. There is no duty which weighs more heavily on us than the duty we have to ensure that right.
In our home there was always prayer - aloud, proud and unapologetic.