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Harry S. Truman Quotes


33rd President of the United States. After becoming president on the death of Franklin Roosevelt, he successfully managed the country through the end of World War II. He went on to be elected in in his own right in 1948.
(1884 - 1972)

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'Sartor Resartus' is simply unreadable, and for me that always sort of spoils a book.
 

A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.
 

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

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

A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government.  A stateman is a politician who's been dead for fifteen years.
 

A President cannot always be popular.
 

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.
 

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

About the meanest thing you can say about a man is that he means well.
 

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.
 

All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.
 

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.
[Politics]
 

All through history it's the nations that have given most to generals and the least to the people that have been the first to fall.
 

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

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

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

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

Being a President is like riding a tiger.  A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.
 

Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.
 

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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