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

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.

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.

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


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

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


         
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.

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.


         

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.


         
A President cannot always be popular.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.