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Harry S. Truman Quote: “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

— Harry S. Truman



Harry S. Truman Quote: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

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

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.”

Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “If you can’t convince them, confuse them.”

If you can’t convince them, confuse them.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.”

You can’t get rich in politics unless you’re a crook.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word. Never get too big for your britches. Trust in God. Have no fear; and Never forget a friend.”

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word. Never get too big for your britches. Trust in God. Have no fear; and Never forget a friend.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “A society will be judged by how it treats its weakest members.”

A society will be judged by how it treats its weakest members.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

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

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “An optimist is presented with a problem and sees an opportunity. A pessimist is presented with an opportunity and sees a problem.”

An optimist is presented with a problem and sees an opportunity. A pessimist is presented with an opportunity and sees a problem.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”

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

— Harry S. Truman



Harry S. Truman Quote: “I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”

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

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “The ‘C’ students run the world.”

The ‘C’ students run the world.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.”

The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.”

Selfishness and greed, individual or national, cause most of our troubles.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.”

To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “If we do not want to die together in war, we must learn to live together in peace.”

If we do not want to die together in war, we must learn to live together in peace.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “No man should be allowed to be the President who does not understand hogs, or hasn’t been around a manure pile.”

No man should be allowed to be the President who does not understand hogs, or hasn’t been around a manure pile.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.”

Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.

— Harry S. Truman


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

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

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

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



Harry S. Truman Quote: “We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.”

We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “When the decision is up before you-and on my desk I have a motto which says “The buck stops here”-the decision has to be made.”

When the decision is up before you-and on my desk I have a motto which says “The buck stops here”-the decision has to be made.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “If you don’t have your own goals, you’ll be doomed to work toward someone else’s.”

If you don’t have your own goals, you’ll be doomed to work toward someone else’s.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “We worship money instead of honour.”

We worship money instead of honour.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “I never sit on a fence. I am either on one side or another.”

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

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “If you want to live like a Republican, you’ve got to vote for a Democrat.”

If you want to live like a Republican, you’ve got to vote for a Democrat.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “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.”

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.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, On the one hand on the other.”

Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, On the one hand on the other.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Fame is a vapor, popularity is an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow and only one thing endures – character.”

Fame is a vapor, popularity is an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow and only one thing endures – character.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me.”

I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Politics is a fascinating game, because politics is government. It is the art of government.”

Politics is a fascinating game, because politics is government. It is the art of government.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Without a strong educational system democracy is crippled. Knowledge is not only key to power. It is the citadel of human freedom.”

Without a strong educational system democracy is crippled. Knowledge is not only key to power. It is the citadel of human freedom.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”

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


Harry S. Truman Quote: “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.”

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.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “We have to get tough with the Russians. They don’t know how to behave. They are like bulls in a china shop. They are only 25 years old. We are over 100 and the British are centuries older. We have got to teach them how to behave.”

We have to get tough with the Russians. They don’t know how to behave. They are like bulls in a china shop. They are only 25 years old. We are over 100 and the British are centuries older. We have got to teach them how to behave.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.”

My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy making arm of the government.”

For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy making arm of the government.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.”

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Peace is precious to us. It is the way of life we strive for with all the strength and wisdom we possess. But more precious than peace are freedom and justice. We will fight, if fight we must, to keep our freedom and to prevent justice from being destroyed.”

Peace is precious to us. It is the way of life we strive for with all the strength and wisdom we possess. But more precious than peace are freedom and justice. We will fight, if fight we must, to keep our freedom and to prevent justice from being destroyed.

— Harry S. Truman


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

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

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.”

I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and enthusiasm and hard work.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “I can always get along with an honest friend.”

I can always get along with an honest friend.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “When you have to deal with a beast, you have to treat him as a beast. It is most regrettable but nevertheless true.”

When you have to deal with a beast, you have to treat him as a beast. It is most regrettable but nevertheless true.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “I have tried my best to give the nation everything I had in me. There are probably a million people who could have done the job better than I did it, but I had the job and I always quote an epitaph on a tombstone in a cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona: “Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest.””

I have tried my best to give the nation everything I had in me. There are probably a million people who could have done the job better than I did it, but I had the job and I always quote an epitaph on a tombstone in a cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona: “Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damndest.”

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.”

I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “I’m the ultimately responsible person in this organization. Other people can pass the buck to me, but I can’t pass the buck to anyone else.”

I’m the ultimately responsible person in this organization. Other people can pass the buck to me, but I can’t pass the buck to anyone else.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.”

Always be sincere, even if you don’t mean it.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “There shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.”

There shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.

— Harry S. Truman


Harry S. Truman Quote: “There’s nothing better than cake but more cake.”

There’s nothing better than cake but more cake.

— Harry S. Truman

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