Harry S. Truman

Born: May 8, 1884

Die: December 26, 1972

Occupation: 33rd U.S. President

Quotes of Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman

Mama and Papa are more to blame (for delinquency) than the kids; parents should stay home and raise their children and spend less time in taverns.

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Harry S. Truman

Some of the presidents were great and some of them weren't. I can say that, because I wasn't one of the great presidents, but I had a good time trying to be one, I can tell you that.

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Harry S. Truman

We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.

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Harry S. Truman

A person who is fundamentally honest doesn't need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.

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Harry S. Truman

Divine Providence has played a great part in our history. I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose. It is not given...

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Harry S. Truman

I can deal with Stalin. He is honest, but smart as hell.

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Harry S. Truman

I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free...

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If we let Korea down, the Soviet[s] will keep right on going and swallow up one [place] after another.

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Harry S. Truman

This is the first time in my experience... that I ever heard of a Senator trying to discredit his own Government before the world.... Your telegram is not only not true and an insolent approach to a situation...

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Harry S. Truman

I suppose that history will remember my term in office as the years when the Cold War began to overshadow our lives. I have hardly a day in office that has not been dominated by this all-embracing struggle....

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Harry S. Truman

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.

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Harry S. Truman

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

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In most of my campaigns, I find it is best not to mention my opponent by name because, by doing so, it just gives him a chance to get into the headlines.

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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...

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Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. And...

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Harry S. Truman

We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives - but in what we do for others

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Harry S. Truman

Republicans don't like people to talk about depressions. You can hardly blame them for that. You remember the old saying: Don't talk about rope in the house where somebody has been hanged.

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The Republicans believe in the minimum wage -- the more the minimum, the better.

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Harry S. Truman

Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.

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Harry S. Truman

A man cannot have character unless he lives within a fundamental system of morals that creates character.

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Harry S. Truman

If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military.

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Harry S. Truman

I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me.

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Harry S. Truman

Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest.

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Having found the bomb we have used it. We have used it against those who attacked us without warning at Pearl Harbor, against those who have starved and beaten and executed American prisoners of war, against...

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Harry S. Truman

There shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.

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Harry S. Truman

When you have to deal with a beast, you have to treat him as a beast. It is most regrettable but nevertheless true.

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Harry S. Truman

In my generation, this was not the first occasion when the strong had attacked the weak.Communism was acting in Korea just as Hitler, Mussolini, and the Japanese had acted ten, fifteen, and twenty years...

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Harry S. Truman

Without a strong educational system democracy is crippled. Knowledge is not only key to power. It is the citadel of human freedom.

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Harry S. Truman

Keep working on a plan. Make no little plans. Make the biggest plan you can think of and spend the rest of your life carrying it out.

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Harry S. Truman

There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.

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Harry S. Truman

I can remember when a good politician had to be 75 percent ability and 25 percent actor, but I can well see the day when the reverse could be true.

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Harry S. Truman

Three things ruin a man: power, money, and women. I never wanted power. I never had any money, and the only woman in my life is up at the house right now.

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Harry S. Truman

May the sun never set on American baseball.

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Harry S. Truman

We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God

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I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.

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Harry S. Truman

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.

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Harry S. Truman

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

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Harry S. Truman

To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.

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Harry S. Truman

...as soon as the war was over, they had to justify what was done.

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Harry S. Truman

But Quantrill and his men were no more bandits than the men on the other side. I've been to reunions of Quantrill's men two or three times. All they were trying to do was protect the property on the Missouri...

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Harry S. Truman

I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.

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Harry S. Truman

Men make history, not the other way around.

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Harry S. Truman

Believe and you're halfway there.

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Harry S. Truman

If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again.

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Harry S. Truman

The 'C' students run the world.

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Harry S. Truman

The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.

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Harry S. Truman

All through history it's the nations that have given most to generals and the least to the people that have been the first to fall

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Harry S. Truman

I'm the ultimately responsible person in this organization. Other people can pass the buck to me, but I can't pass the buck to anyone else.

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Harry S. Truman

I said that an expert was a fella who was afraid to learn anything new because then he wouldn't be an expert anymore.

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Harry S. Truman

The stress stops here

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We have found that it is easier for men to die together on the field of battle than it is for them to live together at home in peace.

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Harry S. Truman

You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.

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Harry S. Truman

Our goal must not be peace in our time but peace for all time.

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Harry S. Truman

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

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We must build a new world, a far better world - one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.

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Harry S. Truman

Children and dogs are as necessary to the welfare of the country as Wall Street and the railroads.

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No one who has not had the responsibility can really understand what it is like to be President, not even his closest aides or members of his immediate family. There is no end to the chain of responsibility...

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Harry S. Truman

Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you.

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Harry S. Truman

The United States, which would live on Christian principles with all of the peoples of the world, cannot omit a fair deal for its own Indian citizens.

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Harry S. Truman

Human life is something that comes to us from beyond this world, and the purpose of our society is to cherish it and to enable the individual to attain the highest achievement of which he is capable

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Harry S. Truman

A man who is not interested in politics is not doing his patriotic duty toward maintaining the constitution of the United States.

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Harry S. Truman

To you who answered the call of your country and served in its Armed Forces to bring about the total defeat of the enemy, I extend the heartfelt thanks of a grateful Nation. As one of the Nation's finest,...

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Harry S. Truman

How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?

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Harry S. Truman

How do you live a long life? "Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast."

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Harry S. Truman

I have tried my best to give the nation everything I had in me. There are probably a million people who could have done the job better than I did it, but I had the job and I always quote an epitaph on...

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Harry S. Truman

I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to.

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Harry S. Truman

There are always a lot of people so afraid of rocking the boat that they stop rowing. We can never get ahead that way.

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Harry S. Truman

I have just read your lousy review. You sound like a frustrated old man who never made a success, an eightulcer man on a four ulcer job ... I have never met you but if I do, you'll need a new nose, a lot...

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Harry S. Truman

The most peaceful thing in the world is plowing a field. Chances are you’ll do your best thinking that way.

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Harry S. Truman

Brave men don't belong to any one country. I respect bravery wherever I see it.

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Harry S. Truman

How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt? What would Jesus Christ have preached if he had taken a poll in the land of Israel? What would have happened to the Reformation if Martin...

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Harry S. Truman

A leader has to lead otherwise he has no business in politics.

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Harry S. Truman

Men often mistake notoriety for fame, and would rather be noticed for their vices than not be noticed at all.

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Harry S. Truman

If you want to get elected, shake hands with 25, 000 people between and November 7.

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The human race has reached a turning point. Man has opened the secrets of nature and mastered new powers. If he uses them wisely, he can reach new heights of civilization. If he uses them foolishly, they...

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Harry S. Truman

Every segment of our population, and every individual, has a right to expect from his government a fair deal.

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Harry S. Truman

Not every reader is a leader, but every leader must be a reader.

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Harry S. Truman

Being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.

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Harry S. Truman

I think one man is just as good as another so long as he's not a n*gger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a White man from dust, a n*gger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it...

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Harry S. Truman

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source...

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Harry S. Truman

Secrecy and a free, democratic government don't mix.

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Harry S. Truman

It doesn't matter how big a ranch you own or how many cows you brand, the size of your funeral is still gonna depend on the weather.

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Harry S. Truman

Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, On the one hand on the other.

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Harry S. Truman

Dictatorship, by whatever name, is founded on the doctrine that the individual amounts to nothing; that the State is the only one that counts; and that men and women and children were put on earth solely...

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Harry S. Truman

The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does...

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Harry S. Truman

It is ignorance that causes most mistakes.

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Harry S. Truman

No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones.

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Harry S. Truman

If I want to be great, I have to win the victory over myself...self-d iscipline.

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Harry S. Truman

The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.

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Harry S. Truman

I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on Earth.

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Harry S. Truman

If we do not abolish war on this earth, then surely one day war will abolish us from the earth.

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Harry S. Truman

It is through generous giving, that we affirm before the world, our nation's faith in the inalienable right of every man, to a life of freedom, justice and security.

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Harry S. Truman

Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.

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Harry S. Truman

I always considered statesmen to be more expendable than soldiers.

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Harry S. Truman

I never sit on a fence. I am either on one side or another.

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Harry S. Truman

It can be lost, and it will be, if the time ever comes when these documents are regarded not as the supreme expression of our profound belief, but merely as curiosities in glass cases.

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Harry S. Truman

I like riding a bicycle built for two--by myself.

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Harry S. Truman

We have to get tough with the Russians. They don't know how to behave. They are like bulls in a china shop. They are only 25 years old. We are over 100 and the British are centuries older. We have got...

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Harry S. Truman

The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want.

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Harry S. Truman

In the simplest of terms, what we are doing in Korea is this: We are trying to prevent a third world war.

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Harry S. Truman

I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have faith in it now.

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Harry S. Truman

This government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the provisional government thereof. The United States recognizes the provisional...

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Harry S. Truman

I had carefully read the Balfour Declaration. I had familiarized myself with the history of the question of a Jewish homeland and the position of the British and the Arabs. I was skeptical, as I read over...

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Harry S. Truman

I am proud of my part in the creation of this new state. Our Government was the first to recognize the State of Israel.

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Harry S. Truman

It is time that all Americans realized that the place of labor is side by side with the businessman and with the farmer, and not one-degree lower.

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Harry S. Truman

Canada's eminent position today is a tribute to the patience, tolerance, and strength of character of her people, of both French and British strains. For Canada is enriched by the heritage of France as...

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Harry S. Truman

Canada is a broad land - broad in mind, broad in spirit, and broad in physical expanse.

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Canada and the United States have reached the point where we no longer think of each other as 'foreign' countries. We think of each other as friends, as peaceful and cooperative neighbors on a spacious...

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Canadian-American relations for many years did not develop spontaneously. The example of accord provided by our two countries did not come about merely through the happy circumstance of geography. It is...

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The record proves that in peaceful commerce the combined efforts of our countries can produce outstanding results. Our trade with each other is far greater than that of any other two nations on earth.

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We seek a peaceful world, a prosperous world, a free world, a world of good neighbors, living on terms of equality and mutual respect, as Canada and the United States have lived for generations.

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Harry S. Truman

The America to which these Swedish settlers came was a land that needed the hardy qualities they brought. It was not a land that was particularly softhearted towards newcomers, but everyone believed that...

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Harry S. Truman

The newcomers quickly learned their way about and soon felt at home. The Homestead Act of 1862 provided them, as well as many other pioneers, with an opportunity to acquire land and establish family farms....

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Harry S. Truman

Religious and racial persecution is moronic at all times, perhaps the most idiotic of human stupidities.

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Harry S. Truman

He "wasn't used to being criticized, and he never did get it through his head that's what politics is all about. He was used to getting his ass kissed."

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Harry S. Truman

Of course I believe in free enterprise but in my system of free enterprise, the democratic principle is that there never was, never has been, never will be, room for the ruthless exploitation of the many...

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Harry S. Truman

I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have - When he gives...

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Harry S. Truman

On the one hand, the Republicans are telling industrial workers that the high cost of food in the cities is due to this government's farm policy. On the other hand, the Republicans are telling the farmers...

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Harry S. Truman

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

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

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Harry S. Truman

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...

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Harry S. Truman

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.

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Harry S. Truman

If you can't convince them, confuse them.

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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.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

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Harry S. Truman

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

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

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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.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.

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Harry S. Truman

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

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Harry S. Truman

The atom bomb was no 'great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.

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Harry S. Truman

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.

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Harry S. Truman

All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.

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Harry S. Truman

The President is always abused. If he isn't, he isn't doing anything.

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Harry S. Truman

Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

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

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Harry S. Truman

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

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Harry S. Truman

Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.

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Harry S. Truman

Study men, not historians.

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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!

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Harry S. Truman

A President cannot always be popular.

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Harry S. Truman

Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.

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Harry S. Truman

The White House is the finest prison in the world.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity.

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Harry S. Truman

Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

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Harry S. Truman

Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.

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Harry S. Truman

The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.

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Harry S. Truman

My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.

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Harry S. Truman

This administration is going to be cussed and discussed for years to come.

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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.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court he ceases to be your friend.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Harry S. Truman

The President hears a hundred voices telling him that he is the greatest man in the world. He must listen carefully indeed to hear the one voice that tells him his is not.

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Harry S. Truman

At this moment, I have in my heart a prayer. As I have assumed my heavy duties, I humbly pray, Almighty God, in the words of King Solomon: 'Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy...

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Harry S. Truman

At this time, we should renew our faith in God. We celebrate the hour in which God came to man. It is fitting that we should turn to Him. . . But there are many others who are away from their homes and...

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Harry S. Truman

Whenever the press quits abusing me I know Im in the wrong pew. I dont mind it because when they throw bricks at meIm a pretty good shot myself and I usually throw em back at em.

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Harry S. Truman

If you can't beat 'em, confuse 'em.

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Harry S. Truman

Our efforts have brought new hope to all mankind. We have beaten back despair and defeatism. We have saved a number of countries from losing their liberty. Hundreds of millions of people all over the world...

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Harry S. Truman

It sure is hell to be president.

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Harry S. Truman

Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.

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Harry S. Truman

For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy making arm of the government.

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Harry S. Truman

When we refused to be forced out of Berlin, we demonstrated to the people of Europe that with their cooperation we would act, and act resolutely, when their freedom was threatened.

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Harry S. Truman

The responsibility of the great states is to serve, and not to dominate, the world.

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Harry S. Truman

The Marshall Plan will go down in history as one of America's greatest contributions to the peace of the world.

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Harry S. Truman

This generation, raised on "Eyewitness News," conditioned by the instant replay, and spared the illumination that comes from tedious historical study, tends to be even more ahistorical than most.

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They said we were soft, that we would not fight, that we could not win. We are not a warlike nation. We do not go to war for gain or for territory; we go to war for principles, and we produce young men...

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Harry S. Truman

Whenever a man does the best he can, then that is all he can do.

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Harry S. Truman

Politics is a fascinating game, because politics is government. It is the art of government.

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Harry S. Truman

In the long view, no nation is any healthier than its children.

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Harry S. Truman

A leader is the man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do, and like it.

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Harry S. Truman

It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace.

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Harry S. Truman

No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs.

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Harry S. Truman

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word. Never get too big for your britches. Trust in God. Have no fear; and Never forget a friend.

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Harry S. Truman

I don't want this office, this responsibility, any longer, even if you want me. Find the strongest and most able and God bless you. Good-bye.

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Harry S. Truman

It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.

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Harry S. Truman

Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.

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Harry S. Truman

The fundamental basis of this Nation's law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and...

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Harry S. Truman

This Nation was established by men who believed in God. ... You will see the evidence of this deep religious faith on every hand.

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Harry S. Truman

This is a Christian nation.

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Harry S. Truman

Term limits would cure both senility and seniority- both terrible legislative diseases.

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Harry S. Truman

I've had a few setbacks in my life, but I never gave up.

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Harry S. Truman

Once a decision was made, I didn't worry about it afterward...

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Harry S. Truman

I come to the office each morning and stay for long hours doing what has to be done to the best of my ability. And when you've done the best you can, you can't do any better.

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Harry S. Truman

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.

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Harry S. Truman

If you can't dance then you are a loser.

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Harry S. Truman

There is enough in the world for everyone to have plenty, to live happily, and to be at peace with his neighbors.

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Harry S. Truman

I can always get along with an honest friend.

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Harry S. Truman

[The American President] has to take all sorts of abuse from liars and demagogues.… The people can never understand why the President does not use his supposedly great power to make ’em behave. Well,...

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Harry S. Truman

Justice remains the greatest power on earth. To that tremendous power alone will we submit.

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Harry S. Truman

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.

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Harry S. Truman

I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out who's hitting you? It's about time that the people of America realized what the Republicans have been doing to them.

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Harry S. Truman

Herbert Hoover once ran on the slogan, 'Two cars in every garage'. Apparently, the Republican candidate this year is running on the slogan, 'Two families in every garage'.

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Harry S. Truman

When the decision is up before you-and on my desk I have a motto which says "The buck stops here"-the decision has to be made.

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Harry S. Truman

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. The external threat to liberty should not...

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Harry S. Truman

All my life I have fought against prejudice and intolerance.

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Harry S. Truman

There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have.

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Harry S. Truman

The most peaceful thing in the world is plowing a field. Chances are you’ll do your best thinking that way. And that’s why I’ve always thought and said, farmers are the smartest people in the world,...

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Harry S. Truman

To reporters the day after his accession to the presidency, April 13, 1945: When they told me yesterday what had happened, I felt like the moon, the stars and all the planets had fallen on me.

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Harry S. Truman

I'm very proud that I'm smart enough to get to the point

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Harry S. Truman

(The AMA is) "just another mean trust."

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Harry S. Truman

Such an atmosphere is un-American, the most un-American thing we have to contend with today. It is the climate of a totalitarian country in which scientists are expected to change their theories to match...

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Harry S. Truman

You know of our sympathetic interest in this country in Iran's desire to control its natural resources. From this point of view we were happy to see that the British Government has on its part accepted...

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Harry S. Truman

Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima. . . . The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East.

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Harry S. Truman

There's nothing better than cake but more cake.

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Harry S. Truman

We are profoundly grateful for the blessings bestowed upon us: the preservation of our freedom, so dearly bought and so highly prized; our opportunities for human welfare and happiness, so limitless in...

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Harry S. Truman

We have gone a long way toward civilization and religious tolerance, and we have a good example in this country. Here the many Protestant denominations, the Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church...

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Harry S. Truman

I sincerely regret the unfortunate choice of language, which I used in my letter of Aug 29 to Congress McDonough concerning the Marine Corps...

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Harry S. Truman

The difficulty with businessmen entering politics, after they've had a successful business career, is that they want to start at the top.

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Harry S. Truman

It is noble in its administration: to think and let think, beyond the narrow contracted prejudices of bitter sectarians in these modern times. It is general or universal language, fitted to benefit the...

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Harry S. Truman

It is organized as a fellowship of men, a system of morals, a philosophy taught by degrees through the use of symbol, story, legend, pictures, and drama. It has served as a center of union among differing...

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