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I've got other things to do besides watch television.
Harry Truman

I've always believed that religion is something to live by and not to talk about it.
Harry Truman

After you are fifty years old, walking is the best exercise you can take. Of course, some
aging exhibitionists try to prove that they can play tennis or handball or anything else they
did when they were eighteen. And every once in a while one of them falls dead of a heart
attack. I say that's not for me.
Harry Truman

There is no difference in totalitarian states, call them Nazi, fascist, or communist - they are
all the same.
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I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
Harry Truman

The acts of stupidity through the ages did us a kind of unintentional favor - by driving so
many different kinds of good people to our shores and merging them together as Americans.
Harry Truman

I don't like bipartisans. Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote
against me.
Harry Truman

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

There is a lure for power. It can get into a man's blood just as gambling and lust for money
have been known to do.
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The Indians didn't understand the approach of the white man in business dealings, and they
got cheated every time they got into a trade with the white man.
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The objective of the press is to sell papers and advertising, and you should always keep that
in mind.
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I have never seen pessimists make anything work, or contribute anything of lasting value.
Harry Truman

Never use two words when one will do best.
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Being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.
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If you don't like people, you hadn't ought to be in politics at all.
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A man who is influenced by the polls or is afraid to make decisions which may make him
unpopular is not a man to represent the welfare of the country.
Harry Truman

I never take a problem to bed with me at night. When I've made a decision, I know it's the
best decision I can make under the circumstances and I stop worrying about it.
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A man not honorable in his marital relations is not usually honorable in any other.
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I never sit on a fence. I am either on one side or another.
Harry Truman

It is true that I did not always react pleasantly to criticism - or derisive comments - but
I never for a moment questioned the right of anyone to do so.
Harry Truman

Children nowadays have too many gadgets to fool with and not enough chores.
Harry Truman

I am inclined to attribute my good health, and that of my family, primarily to our outlook
on life, and to our philosophical approach to other people and to ourselves.
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No nation on this globe should be more internationally minded than America because it
was built by all nations.
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To be president of the United States is to be lonely, very lonely at times of great
decisions.
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The Russians are tough bargainers and always ask for the whole earth, expecting maybe
to get an acre.
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Everybody has a right to express what he thinks. That, of course, lets the crackpots in. But if
you cannot tell a crackpot when you see one, then you ought to be taken in.
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I have always been opposed even to the thought of fighting a "preventive war." There is
nothing more foolish than to think that war can be stopped by war. You don't "prevent"
anything by war except peace.
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I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tomstone, Arizona. It says: "Here
lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest." I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can
have.
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Not all readers become leaders. But all leaders must be readers.
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The CIA was set up by me for the sole purpose of getting all the available information to the
president. It was not intended to operate as an international agency engaged in strange
activities.
Harry Truman

You can't be mentally fit unless you're physically fit.
Harry Truman

Our tribal instinct has not been eliminated by science and invention. We, as individuals,
haven't caught up physically or ethically with the atomic age. Will we?
Harry Truman

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