Harry S. Truman Quotes

Who is Harry S. Truman?

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

Born May 08, 1884
Died December 26, 1972

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

Harry S. Truman

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

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.”

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

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“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.”

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“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

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

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

Harry S. Truman

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

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“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?”

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“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.”

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“Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.”

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“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.”

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