Best Quotes by Harry S Truman

By | April 26, 2016

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

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

Harry S Truman

If you can’t convince them, confuse them.

Harry S Truman

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

The reward of suffering is experience.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

The White House is the finest prison in the world.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

The buck stops here!

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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.

Harry S Truman

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