46 Famous Harry S Truman Quotes

46 Famous Harry S Truman Quotes

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Harry S Truman was the 33rd President of the United States from 1945 – 1953. It was under Truman’s presidency that the United States Allies successfully ended World War II. He died on December 26, 1972 at the age of 88.

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

“A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead 10 or 15 years.”

“At the present moment in world history nearly every nation must choose between alternative ways of life. The choice is too often not a free one.”

“Boys, if you ever pray, pray for me now. I don’t know whether you fellows ever had a load of hay fall on you, but when they told me yesterday what had happened, I felt like the moon, the
stars and all the planets had fallen on me. I’ve got the most terribly responsible job a man ever had.”

“I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way.”

“I do not believe in shooting anything that cannot shoot back.”

“I don’t believe in anti-anything. A man has to have a program; you have to be for something, otherwise you will never get anywhere.”

“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.”

“I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”

“I never gave anybody hell. I just told the truth and they think it’s hell.”

“If they do not now accept our terms they may expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth.”

“If wars in the future are to be prevented the nations must be united in their determination to keep the peace under law.”

“If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible.”

“If you can’t convince them, confuse them.”

“In this shrinking world, it is futile to seek safety behind geographical barriers. Real security will be found only in law and in justice.”

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

“It is not enough to yearn for peace. We must work, and if necessary, fight for it. The task of creating a sound international organization is complicated and difficult. Yet, without such
organization, the rights of man on earth cannot be protected.”

“It isn’t important who is ahead at one time or another in either an election or horse race. It’s the horse that comes in first at the finish line that counts.”

“It was a victory of one way of life over another. It was a victory of an ideal founded on the rights of the common man, on the dignity of the human being, on the conception of the State as
the servant — and not the master — of its people.”

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.”

“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!”

“My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth there’s hardly any difference.”

“My favorite animal is the mule. He has more sense than a horse. He knows when to stop eating — and when to stop working.”

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

“Now days battles are just sort of a “You shoot up my town and I’ll shoot up yours.”

“Of course, there are dangers in religious freedom and freedom of opinion. But to deny these rights is worse than dangerous, it is absolutely fatal to liberty.”

“Once a decision was made, I didn’t worry about it afterward.”

“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.”

“Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy.”

“Some of my best friends never agree with me politically.”

“The atomic bomb is too dangerous to be loose in a lawless world.”

“The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.”

“The people can never understand why the President does not use his powers to make them behave. Well 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 Russians are liars – you can’t trust them. At Potsdam they agreed to everything and broke their word. It’s too bad the second world power is like this, but that’s the way it is, and we
must keep our strength.”

“There are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of the other people –
the 150 or 160 million – is the responsibility of the president of the United States, and I propose to fulfill it.”

“There’s nothing better than cake but more cake.”

“They’re going even further! … The Republicans favor a minimum wage — the smaller the minimum the better.”

“We are in a troublesome period, and some “nonsense” as you term it — but this is a great nation with a high purpose, and we shall come to our senses and resume our course.”

“We are now prepared to obliterate more rapidly and completely every productive enterprise the Japanese have above ground in any city. ”

“We must earn the peace we seek just as we earned victory in the war, not by wishful thinking but by realistic effort. At no time in our history has unity among our people been so vital as it is at the present time. Unity of purpose, unity of effort, and unity of spirit are essential to accomplish the task before us.”

“We must help to the limits of our strength. And we will.”

“We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all it’s citizens
deserves the help of all the nation.”

“We were well aware that the end of the fighting would not automatically settle the problems arising out of the war. The establishment of peace after the fighting is over has always been a
difficult task.”

“When a High Explosive shell bursts in fifteen feet and does you no damage, you can bet your sweet life you bear a charmed life and no mistake.”

“Whenever the press quits abusing me I know I’m in the wrong pew. I don’t mind it because when they throw bricks at me-I’m a pretty good shot myself and I usually throw ‘em back at ‘em.”

“Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.”