Who the hell is Harry S. Truman?

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States.

Books by Harry S. Truman

Quotes by Harry S. Truman

“A man not honorable in his marital relations is not usually honorable in any other.”

Harry S. Truman

“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 S. Truman

“All my life I’ve been relatively free from worry, and maybe that’s the best formula for long life.”

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.”

Harry S. Truman

“Children nowadays have too many gadgets to fool with and not enough chores.”

Harry S. Truman

“Do your best, history will do the rest.”

Harry S. 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 S. 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 S. Truman

“I can always get along with an honest man.”

Harry S. Truman

“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.”

Harry S. Truman

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

Harry S. 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 S. Truman

“I have never seen pessimists make anything work, or contribute anything of lasting value.”

Harry S. Truman

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

Harry S. Truman

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

Harry S. 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.”

Harry S. 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 S. Truman

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

Harry S. Truman

“I’m not a scholar. I know I read the wrong books, but I read a lot, and I suppose I got some good ones now and then.”

Harry S. Truman

“I’ve always believed that religion is something to live by and not to talk about it.”

Harry S. Truman

“I’ve got other things to do besides watch television.”

Harry S. Truman

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

Harry S. Truman

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Harry S. Truman

“If you cannot convince them, confuse them.”

Harry S. Truman

“If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog.”

Harry S. 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 S. Truman

“Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.”

Harry S. 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 S. Truman

“It only takes one nation to make war. But it takes two or more to make peace.”

Harry S. Truman

“It was the same with those old birds in Greece and Rome as it is now. The only thing new is the history you don’t know.”

Harry S. Truman

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

Harry S. Truman

“It’s been my policy to do every job assigned to me just a little better than anyone else has done it.”

Harry S. 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 S. Truman

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

Harry S. Truman

“Lies and mud make “news” – the truth and flowers do not.”

Harry S. Truman

“Men make history. History does not make men.”

Harry S. Truman

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

Harry S. Truman

“Never use two words when one will do best.”

Harry S. Truman

“No nation on this globe should be more internationally minded than America because it was built by all nations.”

Harry S. Truman

“Not all readers become leaders. But all leaders must be readers.”

Harry S. 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 S. Truman

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

Harry S. Truman

“Since a child at my mother’s knee, I have believed in honor, ethics, and right living as its own reward.”

Harry S. Truman

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

Harry S. 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 S. Truman

“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 S. Truman

“The objective of the press is to sell papers and advertising, and you should always keep that in mind.”

Harry S. Truman

“The Russians are tough bargainers and always ask for the whole earth, expecting maybe to get an acre.”

Harry S. Truman

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

Harry S. Truman

“There are more prima donnas per square foot in public life here in Washington than in all the opera companies ever to exist.”

Harry S. Truman

“There are probably hundreds of people better qualified than I am to be president, but they weren’t elected.”

Harry S. Truman

“We must never forget that prosperity for other people means prosperity for us and prosperity for us means prosperity for other people.”

Harry S. Truman

“Wherever you find a crooked politician, you’ll find a crooked businessman behind him.”

Harry S. Truman

“You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit.”

Harry S. Truman

“You can’t be mentally fit unless you’re physically fit.”

Harry S. Truman