110+ Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes On Vietnam, Education And Legislative

Top 10 Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes (BEST)

  1. 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.
  2. Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
  3. Lincoln was right about not fooling all the people all the time. But Republicans haven't given up trying.
  4. Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.
  5. There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.
  10. Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact.

Lyndon B. Johnson Short Quotes

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  • 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.
  • Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
  • 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.
  • Democrats legislate; Republicans investigate.
  • We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.
  • You aren't learning anything when you're talking.

Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes On Vietnam

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

If we quit Vietnam, tomorrow we'll be fighting in Hawaii, and next week we'll have to fight in San Francisco. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Our objective in South Vietnam has never been the annihilation of the enemy. It has been to bring about a recognition in Hanoi that its objective - taking over the South by force - could not be achieved. — Lyndon B. Johnson

I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam. — Lyndon B. Johnson

This is not a jungle war, but a struggle for freedom on every front of human activity. — Lyndon B. Johnson

We still seek no wider war. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Boys, it is just like the Alamo. Somebody should have by God helped those Texans. I'm going to Vietnam. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes On Education

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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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Education is the key to opportunity in our society, and the equality of educational opportunity must be the birthright of every citizen. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

...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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

We believe, that is, you and I, that education is not an expense. We believe it is an investment. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sake - but for the nation's sake. — Lyndon B. Johnson

[E]very man, everywhere, should be free to develop his talents to their full potential - unhampered by arbitrary barriers of race or birth or income. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes On President

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

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

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

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

I will not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president. — Lyndon B. Johnson

President Can't Swim. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Free speech, free press, free religion, the right of free assembly, yes, the right of petition... well, they are still radical ideas. — Lyndon B. Johnson

A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes On Society

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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

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Organized crime constitutes nothing less than a guerilla war against society. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

A third place to build the Great Society is in the classrooms of America. There your children's lives will be shaped. Our society will not be great until every young mind is set free to scan the farthest reaches of thought and imagination. We are still far from that goal. — Lyndon B. Johnson

A clear stream, a long horizon, a forest wilderness and open sky - these are man's most ancient possessions. In a modern society, they are his most priceless. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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

The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and enlarge his talents. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes On People

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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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources--because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

No one has the right to use America's rivers and America's Waterways, that belong to all the people. as a sewer. The banks of a river may belong to one man or one industry or one State, but the waters which flow between the banks should belong to all the people. — Lyndon B. Johnson

I am persuaded that the people of the world have no grievances, one against the other. The hopes and desires of a man who tills the soil are about the same whether he lives on the banks of the Colorado or on the banks of the Danube. — Lyndon B. Johnson

There is nothing that exasperates people more than a display of superior ability or brilliance in conversation. They seem pleased at the time, but their envy makes them curse the conversationalist in their heart. — Lyndon B. Johnson

All the historians are Harvard people. It just isn't fair. Poor old Hoover from West Branch, Iowa, had no chance with that crowd;nor did Andrew Jackson from Tennessee. Nor does Lyndon Johnson from Stonewall, Texas. It just isn't fair. — Lyndon B. Johnson

There is no excuse-and we should call a spade a spade-for chemical companies and oil refineries using our major rivers as pipelines for toxic waste. There is no excuse for communities to use other people's rivers as a dump for their raw sewage. — Lyndon B. Johnson

We of the United States of America consider ourselves blessed. We have much to give thanks for. But the gift of providence that we really cherish is that we were given as our neighbors on this great, wonderful continent, the people and the nation of Canada. — Lyndon B. Johnson

I believe, with abiding conviction, that this people-nurtured by their deep faith, tutored by their hard lessons, moved by their high aspirations-have the will to meet the trials that these times impose. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes On World

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We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood. — Lyndon B. Johnson

[The United States and Israel] share many common objectives ... chief of which is the building of a better world in which every nation can develop its resources and develop them in freedom and peace. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Nothing so challenges the American spirit as tackling the biggest job on earth....Americans are stimulated by the big job; the Panama Canal, Boulder Dam, Grand Coulee, Lower Colorado River developments, the tallest building in the world, the mightiest battleship. — Lyndon B. Johnson

The thing I would like to do most is to find somehow to bring peace to the world. It has eluded me. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

The world has narrowed to a neighborhood before it has broadened to a brotherhood. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Control of space means control of the world. — Lyndon B. Johnson

At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems - the answer for all the problems of the world - come to a single word. That word is "education." — Lyndon B. Johnson

You know there is no one in the world I would rather sleep with than Yuki. — Lyndon B. Johnson

How incredible it is that in this fragile existence we should hate and destroy one another. There are possibilities enough for all who will abandon mastery over others to pursue mastery over nature. There is world enough for all to seek their happiness in their own way. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes On Nation

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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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

I believe the destiny of your generation - and your nation - is a rendezvous with excellence. — Lyndon B. Johnson

In 1790, the nation which had fought a revolution against taxation without representation discovered that some of its citizens weren't much happier about taxation with representation. — Lyndon B. Johnson

No national sovereignty rules in outer space. Those who venture there go as envoys of the entire human race. Their quest, therefore, must be for all mankind, and what they find should belong to all mankind. — Lyndon B. Johnson

A nation that fails to plan intelligently for the development and protection of its precious waters will be condemned to wither because of its shortsightedness. The hard lessons of history are clear, written on the deserted sands and ruins of once proud civilizations. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Extremism is the pursuit of the presidency is an unpardonable vice. Moderation in the affairs of the nation is the highest virtue. — Lyndon B. Johnson

This nation, this generation, in this hour has man's first chance to build a Great Society, a place where the meaning of man's life matches the marvels of man's labor. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Mr. Speaker, at a time when the nation is again confronted with necessity for calling its young men into service in the interestsof National Security, I cannot see the wisdom of denying our young women the opportunity to serve their country. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson Famous Quotes And Sayings

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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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

I want real loyalty. I want someone who will kiss my ass in Macy's window, and say it smells like roses. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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

The noblest search is the search for excellence. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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

I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

In our home there was always prayer - aloud, proud and unapologetic. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

He's a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off. — Lyndon B. Johnson

In my state, on the basis of the separate but equal doctrine, we have made enormous strides over the years in the education of both races. Personally, I think it would have been sounder judgment to allow that progress to continue through the process of natural evolution. However, there is no point crying about spilt milk. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Hug your friends tight, but your enemies tighter ? hug ?em so tight they can?t wiggle. — Lyndon B. Johnson

'All men are created equal', 'government by consent of the governed', 'give me liberty or give me death'. Well, those are not just clever words, or those are not just empty theories. — Lyndon B. Johnson

If you have a mother-in-law with only one eye and she has it in the center of her forehead, don't keep her in the living room. — Lyndon B. Johnson

In a thousand unseen ways we have drawn shape and strength from the land. — Lyndon B. Johnson

They call upon us to supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do. — Lyndon B. Johnson

To sustain an environment suitable for man, we must fight on a thousand battlegrounds. Despite all of our wealth and knowledge, we cannot create a redwood forest, a wild river, or a gleaming seashore. — Lyndon B. Johnson

. . . the time has also come to identify and preserve free-flowing stretches of our great rivers before growth and development make the beauty of the unspoiled waterway a memory. — Lyndon B. Johnson

It is the excitement of becoming - always becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting, and trying again- but always trying and always gaining — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Light at the end of the tunnel? We don't even have a tunnel; we don't even know where the tunnel is. — Lyndon B. Johnson

While you're saving your face, you're losing your ass. — Lyndon B. Johnson

I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty. — Lyndon B. Johnson

As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor? — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

In many places, classrooms are overcrowded and curricula are outdated. Most of our qualified teachers are underpaid, and many of our paid teachers are unqualified. So we must give every child a place to sit and a teacher to learn from. Poverty must not be a bar to learning, and learning must offer an escape from poverty. — Lyndon B. Johnson

We must not only protect the country side and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities ... Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted. — Lyndon B. Johnson

The classroom - not the trench - is the frontier of freedom now and forevermore. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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

We come to reason, not to dominate. We do not seek to have our way, but to find a common way. — Lyndon B. Johnson

It is happily and kindly provided that in every life there are certain pauses, and interruptions, which force consideration upon the careless, and seriousness upon the light, points of time where one course of action ends and another begins. — Lyndon B. Johnson

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character. — Lyndon B. Johnson

If we must disagree, let's disagree without being disagreeable. — Lyndon B. Johnson

The guns and bombs, the rockets and the warships, all are symbols of human failure. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Not now, or not there, or too much, or not at all. — Lyndon B. Johnson

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. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't walk and chew gum at the same time.... He's a nice fellow, but he spent too much time playing football without a helmet. — Lyndon B. Johnson

Life Lessons by Lyndon B. Johnson

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  1. Lyndon B. Johnson taught us the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity. He overcame poverty and a lack of education to become a powerful leader and make a lasting impact on the nation.
  2. He also showed us the power of compromise and negotiation, working with both sides of the aisle to pass landmark civil rights legislation.
  3. Finally, he demonstrated the importance of taking action and making decisions with courage and conviction, even in the face of criticism and opposition.

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