Facts about Harry S. Truman

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Harry S. Truman was a famous President from USA, who lived between May 8, 1884 and December 26, 1972.

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He/she is born under the zodiac taurus, who is known for Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience. Our collection contains 59 quotes who is written / told by Harry, under the main topics: History, Politics.

Related authors: Douglas MacArthur

Famous quotes by Harry S. Truman (59)


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"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"
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"The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members"
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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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"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"
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"Intense feeling too often obscures the truth"
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"You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog"
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"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit"
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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"
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"This administration is going to be cussed and discussed for years to come"
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"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"
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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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"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"
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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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"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"
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"Being too good is apt to be uninteresting"
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"Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art"
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"Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here"
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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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"Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it"
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"All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it"
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"Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny"
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"A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court he ceases to be your friend"
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"Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me"
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"When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship"
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"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"
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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"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place"
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"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"
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"The buck stops here!"
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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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"The atom bomb was no "great decision." It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness"
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"Study men, not historians"
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"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"
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"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"
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"My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States"
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"My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference"
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"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"
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"If you can't convince them, confuse them"
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"If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again"
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"If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house"
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"I've 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!"
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"I would rather have peace in the world than be President"
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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"
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"I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell"
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"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell"
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"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"
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"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"
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"A President cannot always be popular"
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"A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years"
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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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"A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants"
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"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"
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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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"A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader"


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