35 Famous Lyndon B Johnson Quotes

35 Famous Lyndon B Johnson Quotes

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Lyndon Baines Johnson, commonly known by his initials LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States of America. He became president after serving as the Vice President with John F Kennedy, after JFK was killed Johnson took his place. He served in office from 1963 to 1969. He died in his hometown of Stonewall, Texas on January 22, 1973.

“And I just want to tell you this — we’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.”

“As we maintain the vigil of peace, we must remember that justice is a vigil, too–a vigil we must keep in our own streets and schools and among the lives of all our people–so that those
who died here on their native soil shall not have died in vain.”

“Doing what’s right isn’t the problem. It is knowing what’s right.”

“Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.”

“Every American citizen must have an equal right to vote. There is no reason which can excuse the denial of that right. There is no duty which weighs more heavily on us than the duty we have
to ensure that right.”

“For every generation, there is a destiny. For some, history decides. For this generation, the choice must be our own. [...] Our destiny in the midst of change will rest on the unchanged
character of our people, and on their faith.”

“Government is best which is closest to the people. Yet that belief is betrayed by those State and local officials who engage in denying the right of citizens to vote. Their actions serve
only to assure that their State governments and local governments shall be remote from the people, least representative of the people’s will and least responsive to the people’s wishes.”

“I am writing to you in the hope that the conflict in Vietnam can be brought to an end. That conflict has already taken a heavy toll-in lives lost, in wounds inflicted, in property
destroyed, and in simple human misery. If we fail to find a just and peaceful solution, history will judge us harshly.”

“I cannot say and no man could say that no more will be asked of us.”

“I hope that you of the IPA will go out into the hinterland and rouse the masses and blow the bugles and tell them that the hour has arrived and their day is here; that we are on the march
against the ancient enemies and we are going to be successful.”

“I signed this measure with a deep sense of pride that the United States is an open society in which the people’s right to know is cherished and guarded.”

“If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read “President Can’t Swim”

“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket.”

“If you do this, then you will find, as others have found before you, that the vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the
terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”

“In the past two weeks, I have noted public statements by representatives of your government suggesting that you would be prepared to enter into direct bilateral talks with representatives
of the U.S. Government, provided that we ceased “unconditionally” and permanently our bombing operations against your country and all military actions against it. In the last day, serious
and responsible parties have assured us indirectly that this is in fact your proposal.”

“It’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.”

“Of those to whom much is given, much is asked. ”

“Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.”

“So, I would appeal to my fellow Americans by saying, the only real road to progress for free people is through the process of law and that is the road that America will travel.”

“The law cannot save those who deny it but neither can the law serve any who do not use it. The history of injustice and inequality is a history of disuse of the law. ”

“The purposeful many need not and will not bow to the willful few.”

“There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.”

“There is no issue of States’ rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.”

“There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem. And we are met here tonight as Americans–not as Democrats or
“Republicans-we are met here as Americans to solve that problem.”

“Throughout my entire public career I have followed the personal philosophy that I am a free man, an American, a public servant, and a member of my party, in that order always and only.”

“We are challenged to demonstrate that there are no sanctuaries within our law for those who flaunt it. We are challenged, also, to demonstrate by our prompt, fitting and adequate response
now that the hope of our system is not force, not arms, not the might of militia or marshals-but the law itself.”

“We are one nation and one people. Our fate as a nation and our future as a people rest not upon one citizen, but upon all citizens. This is the majesty and the meaning of this moment.”

“We cannot have government for all the people until we first make certain it is government of and by all the people.”

“We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate, but there is no one else.”

“We do not want an expanding struggle with consequences, that no one can perceive, nor will we bluster or bully or flaunt our power, but we will not surrender and we will not retreat, for
behind our American pledge lies the determination and resources, I believe, of all of the American nation.”

“We don’t propose to sit here in our rocking chair with our hands folded and let the Communists set up any government in the Western Hemisphere.”

“We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.”

“We must not approach the observance and enforcement of this law in a vengeful spirit. Its purpose is not to punish. Its purpose is not to divide, but to end divisions–divisions which have
all lasted too long. Its purpose is national, not regional.”

“While you’re saving your face, you’re losing your ass.”

“You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly