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I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
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.
When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
I would rather have peace in the world than be President.
A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.
My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.
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.
The atom bomb was no 'great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
A President cannot always be popular.
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.
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.
The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.
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.
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.
The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.
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.
The reward of suffering is experience.
If you can't convince them, confuse them.
There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.
A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
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.
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.
Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
I don't give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.
Democracy is based on the conviction that man has the moral and intellectual capacity as well as the inalienable right to govern himself with reason and justice.
The president is the representative of the whole nation and he's the only lobbyist that all the one hundred and sixty million people in this country have.
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.
Within the first few months I discovered that being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep riding or be swallowed.
Harricum! Harricum! Give 'em hell Harricum!
The buck stops here.
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.
Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.
How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?
The "C" students run the world.
Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
'Sartor Resartus' is simply unreadable and for me that always sort of spoils a book.
Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest.
The President spends most of his time kissing people on the cheek in order to get them to do what they ought to do without getting kissed.
Once a decision was made I did not worry about it afterward.
But we are only termites on a planet and maybe when we bore too deeply into the planet there'll be a reckoning. Who knows?