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1884 - 1972, 33rd President of the United States

Lies and mud make "news" - the truth and flowers do not.
Harry Truman

If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog.
Harry Truman

Leadership is the art of getting other people to run with your idea as if it were their own.
Harry Truman

Men make history. History does not make men.
Harry Truman

I have always defined politics to mean the science of govenment, perhaps the most
important science, because it involves the art and ability of people to live together.
Harry Truman

Since a child at my mother's knee, I have believed in honor, ethics, and right living as its own
reward.
Harry Truman

I am sorry to see a growth of snobbery in the United States in recent years. I especially
deplore the tendency to look down on people who work with their hands.
Harry Truman

Happiness is a state of mind. A farmhand, if he has an ample living, can be just as happy as a
millionaire with homes in Maine and Florida.
Harry Truman

When a man gets the right kind of wife, his career is made - and I just got that.
Harry Truman

It only takes one nation to make war. But it takes two or more to make a peace.
Harry Truman

I wonder how far Moses would have gone if he'd taken a poll in Egypt? What would Jesus
Christ have preached if he'd taken a poll in the land of Israel? Where would the Reformation
have gone if Martin Luther had taken a poll?
Harry Truman

I have had all of Washington that I want.
Harry Truman

I've never really believed in capital punishment. I commuted the sentence of the fellow who
was trying to shoot me to life imprisonment. That's the best example I can give you.
Harry Truman

I don't pass the buck, nor do I alibi out of any decision I make.
Harry Truman

We must never forget that prosperity for other people means prosperity for us and prosperity
for us means prosperity for other people.
Harry Truman

Do your best, history will do the rest.
Harry Truman

It's been my policy to do every job assigned to me just a little better than anyone else has
done it.
Harry Truman

When you read what the press had to say about Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln, and the
other presidents, you would think that we never had a decent man in the office since the
country began.
Harry Truman

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

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

There are probably hundreds of people better qualified than I am to be president, but
they weren't elected.
Harry Truman

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

The United States was created by the boys and girls who could not get along at home.
Harry Truman

I can always get along with an honest man.
Harry Truman

If you tell Congress everything about the world situation, they get hysterical. If you tell them
nothing, they go fishing.
Harry Truman

If there is one basic element in our constitution, it is civilian control of the military. Politics are
to be made by the elected political officials, not by generals or admirals.
Harry Truman

I have found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want,
and then advise them to do it.
Harry Truman

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

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

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

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable
determination to do the job at hand.
Harry Truman

All my life I've been relatively free from worry, and maybe that's the best formula for long life.
Harry Truman

Education is one thing that can't be taken away from you. Nobody can rob you of your
education, because that is in your head; that is, if you have any head and are capable of
holding it.
Harry Truman

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over
themselves and their carnal urges. Self-discipline with all of them came first.
Harry Truman 

I would much rather be an honorable public servant and known as such than to be the
richest man in the world.
Harry Truman

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