Harry S. Truman Quotes Page 2


Best 56 Quotes by Harry S. Truman – Page 2 of 2

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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?”

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

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

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

“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.”

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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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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