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Harry S. Truman quotes

The buck stops here!

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

Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.

If you can't convince them, confuse them.

Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.

When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril.

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

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

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

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.

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

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

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

I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.

It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.

Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.

You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.

I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.