Harry S Truman Quotes:
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
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
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
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.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
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
I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.Harry S Truman
The atom bomb was no ‘great decision.’ It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.Harry S Truman
If you can’t convince them, confuse them.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
The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.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
If I’d known how much packing I’d have to do, I’d have run again.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
In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity.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
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
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
Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court he ceases to be your friend.Harry S Truman
My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.Harry S Truman
Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.Harry S Truman
Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.Harry S Truman
The reward of suffering is experience.Harry S Truman
When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.Harry S Truman
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!Harry S Truman
The White House is the finest prison in the world.Harry S Truman
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.Harry S Truman
Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.Harry S Truman
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’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.Harry S Truman
A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without 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
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.Harry S Truman
The President is always abused. If he isn’t, he isn’t doing anything.Harry S Truman
Whenever a fellow tells me he’s bipartisan, I know he’s going to vote against me.Harry S Truman
A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.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 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
A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead for 15 years.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
This administration is going to be cussed and discussed for years to come.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
It sure is hell to be president.Harry S Truman
I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.Harry S Truman
Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.Harry S Truman
You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.Harry S Truman
Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.Harry S Truman
All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.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
Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.Harry S Truman
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.Harry S Truman
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.Harry S Truman
Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.Harry S Truman
I would rather have peace in the world than be President.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
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
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.Harry S Truman
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.Harry S Truman
The buck stops here!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
Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.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
A President cannot always be popular.Harry S Truman
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.Harry S Truman
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.Harry S Truman
The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.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
Study men, not historians.Harry S Truman
There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.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
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
Who is Harry S Truman ?
Harry S. Truman (8 May 1884–26 December 1972) was an American politician who, after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, served as the 33rd presidente of the United States from 1945 to 1953. The Marshall Plan to restore Western Europe’s economy was implemented, the Truman Doctrine was set up as well as NATO.
Truman had grown up in Missouri, Freedom and was sent as a Field Artillery Captain to France during World War I. Back home, in Kansas City, Missouri, he opened a nightclub and in 1922, he was later elected to the Jackson County as representative.
Truman was elected in 1934 as the Chairman of the Truman Committee for cost reduction and inefficiency in wartime contracts to the United States Senate, based in Missouri. He approved the first and only wartime use of nuclear weapons shortly after the presidency’s success.
In an internationalist foreign policy the Truman Administration renounced isolationism. At the 1948 presidential election he formed his New Deal alliance to win his own presidential term with a surprise victory.
The 1948 Berlin Airlift was directed by Truman. In 1950, as North Korea invades South Korea, it receives permission from the United Nations to participate in the so-called Korean War.
On domestic concerns, Truman’s laws were met with a conservatory congressional opposition, but his administration has effectively directed the US economy in the aftermath of the war.
In 1948, the first comprehensive civil law was introduced and Executive Orders were given to promote racial integration of military and federal agencies. In the 1952 presidential election, corruption in Truman’s administration was central to the campaign.
After the election victory of Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower over Democrat Adlai Stevenson II, Truman retired financially and with difficulty, as marked by his presidential library being founded and his memoirs published.
The President Trumans were criticized when he left office, but scholars rehabilitated his reputation in the 1960s.