Harry S. Truman Quotes

Harry S. Truman

33rd president of US (1884 - 1972)

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

Categorized under Adversity

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

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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.

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

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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 of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

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Democracy is, first and foremost, a spiritual force, it is built upon a spiritual basis - and on a belief in God and an observance of moral principle. And in the long run only the church can provide that basis. Our founder knew this truth - and we will neglect it at our peril.

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Our religious faith gives us the answer to the false beliefs of Communism... I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose.

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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 the better.

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

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Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.

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

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

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If you cannot convince them, confuse them.

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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.

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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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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 the better.

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We can never tell what is in store for us.

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

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

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

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

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

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