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  1. You aren't learning anything when you're talking.


  2. Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.


  3. The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.


  4. If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.


  5. I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it.


  6. There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.


  7. If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swim."


  8. The guns and bombs, the rockets and the warships, all are symbols of human failure.


  9. Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right.


  10. Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.

    • peace

  11. As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor?


  12. Whoever won't fight when the President calls him, deserves to be kicked back in his hole and kept there.


  13. This is not Johnson's war. This is America's war. If I drop dead tomorrow, this war will still be with you.


  14. To hunger for use and to go unused is the worst hunger of all.


  15. The exercise of power in this century has meant for all of us in the United States not arrogance, but agony.


  16. A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.


  17. I believe the destiny of your generation - and your nation - is a rendezvous with excellence.


  18. Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.


  19. Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.


  20. We come to reason, not to dominate. We do not seek to have our way, but to find a common way.

    • unity

  21. Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I'm going to Viet Nam's aid!


  22. Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better or can turn history around for the good.


  23. We have entered an age in which education is not just a luxury permitting some men an advantage over others. It has become a necessity without which a person is defenseless in this complex, industrialized society. We have truly entered the century of the educated man.


  24. The world has narrowed to a neighborhood before it has broadened to a brotherhood.


  25. We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.


  26. Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.


  27. When things haven't gone well for you, call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention.


  28. I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for.


  29. The noblest search is the search for excellence.


  30. If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.



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Name Lyndon B. Johnson
About Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the thirty-sixth President of the United States (1963–19
Quotes 132 quotes
Nationality American
Profession President
Birthday August 27, 1908
Top topics president, people, presidency, think, society

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    If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swim."

    • history

    Whoever won't fight when the President calls him, deserves to be kicked back in his hole and kept there.

    • calls

    What we won when all of our people united must not be lost in suspicion and distrust and selfishness and politics. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as president.


    There is but one way for a president to deal with Congress, and that is continuously, incessantly, and without interruption. If it is really going to work, the relationship has got to be almost incestuous.


    A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.

    • right

    The last thing I wanted to do was to be a wartime President.


    Every President wants to do right.

    • right

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    If the American people don't love me, their descendants will.


    It is always a strain when people are being killed. I don't think anybody has held this job who hasn't felt personally responsible for those being killed.


    What we won when all of our people united must not be lost in suspicion and distrust and selfishness and politics. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as president.

    • accept

    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.

    • american

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


    I am concerned about the whole man. I am concerned about what the people, using their government as an instrument and a tool, can do toward building the whole man, which will mean a better society and a better world.


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    Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.

    • presidency

    I'm the only president you've got.

    • presidency

    Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.

    • presidency

    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.


    The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.


    When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.


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    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.


    It is always a strain when people are being killed. I don't think anybody has held this job who hasn't felt personally responsible for those being killed.

    • anybody

    I seldom think of politics more than eighteen hours a day.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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    We have entered an age in which education is not just a luxury permitting some men an advantage over others. It has become a necessity without which a person is defenseless in this complex, industrialized society. We have truly entered the century of the educated man.

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    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.


    I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.

    • believe

    To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts.


    We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.

    • society

    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.

    • america

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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.


No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.


Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.


We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.

  • american

This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it.


Every President wants to do right.

  • right

I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help - and God's.


The last thing I wanted to do was to be a wartime President.

  • president

It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy.


While you're saving your face, you're losing your ass.


Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.


Any jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a good carpenter to build one.


It may be, it just may be, that life as we know it with its humanity is more unique than many have thought.


I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order.

  • american

I seldom think of politics more than eighteen hours a day.

  • eighteen

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.


I report to you that our country is challenged at home and abroad: that it is our will that is being tried and not our strength; our sense of purpose and not our ability to achieve a better America.


Son, in politics you've got to learn that overnight chicken shit can turn to chicken salad.


As it was 189 years ago, so today the cause of America is a revolutionary cause. And I am proud this morning to salute you as fellow revolutionaries. Neither you nor I are willing to accept the tyranny of poverty, nor the dictatorship of ignorance, nor the despotism of ill health, nor the oppression of bias and prejudice and bigotry. We want change. We want progress. We want it both abroad and at homeand we aim to get it.


In our home there was always prayer - aloud, proud and unapologetic.


The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America.


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.


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.

  • marriage

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.


The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance.


There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to this: Deny your responsibility.


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.

  • being

The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.


I'm the only president you've got.

  • presidency

If the American people don't love me, their descendants will.

  • american

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.

  • politics

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.


I believe that the essence of government lies with unceasing concern for the welfare and dignity and decency and innate integrity of life for every individual. I dont like to say this and wish I didnt have to add these words to make it clear but I willregardless of color, creed, ancestry, sex or age.


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.

  • happy

A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.

  • right

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.


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.


It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention.


I don't believe I'll ever get credit for anything I do in foreign affairs, no matter how successful it is, because I didn't go to Harvard.


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.


The atomic bomb certainly is the most powerful of all weapons, but it is conclusively powerful and effective only in the hands of the nation which controls the sky.


The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.

  • big

I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.

  • believe

The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me.

  • history

There is but one way for a president to deal with Congress, and that is continuously, incessantly, and without interruption. If it is really going to work, the relationship has got to be almost incestuous.

  • almost

There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.


The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individuals dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today.


The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.


Our purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest, it is not empire, it is not foreign bases, it is not domination. It is, simply put, just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam.

  • aggression

One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President.

  • politics

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.

  • american

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.

  • america

I hope that you of the IPA will go out into the hinterland and rouse the masses and blow the bugles and tell them that the hour has arrived and their day is here; that we are on the march against the ancient enemies and we are going to be successful.


When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.


Heck by the time a man scratches his behind, clears his throat, and tells me how smart he is, we've already wasted fifteen minutes.


In the Great Society, work shall be an outlet for mans interests and desires. Each individual shall have full opportunity to use his capacities in employment which satisfies personally and contributes generally to the quality of the Nations life.


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.


Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.

  • presidency

Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his personal life are private. I have urged Congressexcept when the Nations security is at staketo take action to that end.


I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women.


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.

  • tyranny

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.

  • america

When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.

  • burdens

What we won when all of our people united must not be lost in suspicion and distrust and selfishness and politics. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as president.

  • accept

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.


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.


I am concerned about the whole man. I am concerned about what the people, using their government as an instrument and a tool, can do toward building the whole man, which will mean a better society and a better world.

  • people

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.

  • society

It is always a strain when people are being killed. I don't think anybody has held this job who hasn't felt personally responsible for those being killed.

  • anybody

John F. Kennedy was the victim of the hate that was a part of our country. It is a disease that occupies the minds of the few but brings danger to the many.


There can no longer be anyone too poor to vote.


Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife.


To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts.

  • closing

We must open the doors of opportunity.

  • opportunity

Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.


We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate, but there is no one else.


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.

  • confidence

Europe has been at peace since 1945. But it is a restless peace thats shadowed by the threat of violence. Europe is partitioned. An unnatural line runs through the heart of a very great and a very proud nation Germany. History warns us that until this harsh division has been resolved, peace in Europe will never be secure. We must turn to one of the great unfinished tasks of our generationand that unfinished task is making Europe whole again.


You've got to work things out in the cloakroom, and when you've got them worked out, you can debate a little before you vote.


We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.

  • society

Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store.


A man without a vote is man without protection.


When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.


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.


The hungry world cannot be fed until and unless the growth of its resources and the growth of its population come into balance. Each man and woman-and each nation --must make decisions of conscience and policy in the face of this great problem.


If you let a bully come in your front yard, he'll be on your porch the next day and the day after that he'll rape your wife in your own bed.


I feel like I just grabbed a big juicy worm with a right sharp hook in the middle of it.

  • big

This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort.


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.

  • red

We dont propose to sit here in our rocking chair with our hands folded and let the Communists set up any government in the Western Hemisphere.


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.

  • america

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.


This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.


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.


You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.


They call upon us to supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do.

  • american

Freedom is not enough.


In Asia we face an ambitious and aggressive China, but we have the will and we have the strength to help our Asian friends resist that ambition. Sometimes our folks get a little impatient. Sometimes they rattle their rockets some, and they bluff about their bombs. But we are not about to send American boys 9 or 10,000 miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.


I dont believe in labels. I want to do the best I can, all the time. I want to be progressive without getting both feet off the ground at the same time. I want to be prudent without having my mind closed to anything that is new or different. I have often said that I was proud that I was a free man first and an American second, and a public servant third and a Democrat fourth, in that order, and I guess as a Democrat, if I had to takeplace a label on myself, I would want to be a progressive who is prudent.


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.


Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sakebut for the nations sake. Nothing matters more to the future of our country: not military preparednessfor armed might is worthless if we lack the brain power to build a world of peace; not our productive economyfor we cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of governmentfor freedom is fragile if citizens are ignorant.


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

  • opportunity

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