Harry S. Truman (Politician)

#899 Harry S. Truman

When a High Explosive shell bursts in fifteen feet and does you no damage, you can bet your sweet life you bear a charmed life and no mistake. .

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#900 Harry S. Truman

There are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of the other people - the 150 or 160 million - is the responsibility of the president of the United States, and I propose to fulfill it. .

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#901 Harry S. Truman

Now days battles are just sort of a "You shoot up my town and I'll shoot up yours." They say that Americans don't play fair. They shoot 'em up all the time. I hope so because I want to finish this job as soon as possible and begin making an honest living again. .

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#902 Harry S. Truman

Have fired 500 rounds at the Germans, at my command, been shelled, didn't run away thank the Lord and never lost a man. Probably shouldn't have told you but you'll not worry any more if you know I'm in it than if you think I am. Have had the most strenuous work of my life, am very tired but otherwise absolutely in good condition physically mentally and morally. .

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#903 Harry S. Truman

When a High Explosive shell bursts in fifteen feet and does you no damage, you can bet your sweet life you bear a charmed life and no mistake. I didn't have sense enough to know what was going on until the next day and then I was pretty scared. The men think I am not much afraid of shells but they don't know. I was too scared to run and that is pretty scared. .

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#904 Harry S. Truman

At the present moment in world history nearly every nation must choose between alternative ways of life. The choice is too often not a free one. .

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#905 Harry S. Truman

If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible, although I don't want to see Hitler victorious under any circumstances. Neither of them thinks anything of their pledged word. .

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#906 Harry S. Truman

People are very much wrought up about the Communist bugaboo. .

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#907 Harry S. Truman

I am not worried about the Communist Party taking over the Government of the United States, but I am against a person, whose loyalty is not to the Government of the United States, holding a Government job. They are entirely different things. I am not worried about this country ever going Communist. We have too much sense for that. .

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#908 Harry S. Truman

Some of my best friends never agree with me politically. .

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#909 Harry S. Truman

The Russians are like us, they look and act like us. They are fine people. They got along with our soldiers in Berlin very well. As far as I am concerned, they can have whatever they want just so they don't try to impose their system on others. .

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#910 Harry S. Truman

Tell him to go to hell; I'm for . .

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#911 Harry S. Truman

Boys, if you ever pray, pray for me now. I don't know whether you fellows ever had a load of hay fall on you, but when they told me yesterday what had happened, I felt like the moon, the stars and all the planets had fallen on me. I've got the most terribly responsible job a man ever had. .

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#912 Harry S. Truman

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

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#913 Harry S. Truman

, you've asked a fair question and I'll give you a fair answer. I've been in politics thirty-five years and everything that could be said about a human being has been said about me. But my wife has never been in politics. She has always conducted herself in a circumspect manner and no one has a right to make derogatory remarks about here. Nowhas said many unkind and untrue things about Mrs. Truman. And as long as I am in residence here, she'll not be a guest in the White House. .

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#914 Harry S. Truman

No government is perfect. One of the chief virtues of a democracy, however, is that its defects are always visible and under democratic processes can be pointed out and corrected. .

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#915 Harry S. Truman

I sincerely wish that every member of Congress could visit the displaced person's camp in Germany and Austria and see just what is happening to 500,000 human beings through no fault of their own. .

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#917 Harry S. Truman

At the present moment in world history nearly every nation must choose between alternative ways of life. The choice is too often not a free one. One way of life is based upon the will of the majority, and is distinguished by free institutions, representative government, free elections, guarantees of individual liberty, freedom of speech and religion, and freedom from political oppression. The second way of life is based upon the will of a minority forcibly imposed upon the majority. It relies upon terror and oppression, a controlled press and radio; fixed elections, and the suppression of personal freedoms.I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way. .

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#918 Harry S. Truman

All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. .

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#920 Harry S. Truman

The people can never understand why the President does not use his powers to make them behave. Well all the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. .

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#921 Harry S. Truman

On tight money: It reflects a reversion to the old idea that the tree can be fertilized at the top instead of at the bottom — the old . .

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#922 Harry S. Truman

Your old friend Congressman Hartley of the... has written a book ... The title of this book is Our New National Labor Policy, the Taft-Hartley Act and the Next Steps. Get that: "The Next Steps" ... They're going even further! ... The Republicans favor a minimum wage — the smaller the minimum the better. .

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#923 Harry S. Truman

Senatorand I will win this election and make these Republicans like it — don't forget that! We will do that because they are wrong and we are right, and I will prove it to you in just a few minutes. .

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#924 Harry S. Truman

All of you, I am sure, have heard many cries about Government interference with business and about "creeping socialism." I should like to remind the gentlemen who make these complaints that if events had been allowed to continue as they were going prior to March 4, 1933, most of them would have no businesses left for the Government or for anyone else to interfere with — and almost surely we would have socialism in this country, real socialism. .

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#925 Harry S. Truman

I was the only calm one in the house. You see I’ve been shot at by experts. .

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#926 Harry S. Truman

I have read your lousy review of Margaret’s concert. I’ve come to the conclusion that you are an eight ulcer man on a four ulcer job … Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes and perhaps a supporter below. .

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#927 Harry S. Truman

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. .

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#928 Harry S. Truman

On the one hand, the Republicans are telling industrial workers that the high cost of food in the cities is due to this government's farm policy. On the other hand, the Republicans are telling the farmers that the high cost of manufactured goods on the farm is due to this government's labor policy. That's plain hokum. It's an old political trick: "If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em." But this time it won't work. .

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#929 Harry S. Truman

I've seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn't believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don't want a phony Democrat. If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don't want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign. .

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#931 Harry S. Truman

I've said many a time that I think the Un-American Activities Committee in the House of Representatives was the most un-American thing in America! .

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#933 Harry S. Truman

You know, the United States Government turns its Chief Executive out to grass. They're just allowed to starve . . . If I hadn't inherited some property that finally paid things through, I'd be on relief now. .

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#934 Harry S. Truman

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

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#935 Harry S. Truman

I don’t give a damn about “The Missouri Waltz” but I can’t say it out loud because it’s the song of Missouri. It’s as bad as “The Star-Spangled Banner” so far as music is concerned. .

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#936 Harry S. Truman

A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years. .

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#937 Harry S. Truman

Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship. .

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#938 Harry S. Truman

On the : They couldn't include me in it because I was the President, and I can be elected as often as I want to be. I'm going to run again when I'm ninety. I've announced that a time or two, and you know, some damn fool looked the situation over and said, "When you're ninety, it's an off year," so I can't even run then. I didn't know I was going to stir up all that trouble . . . .

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#939 Harry S. Truman

I don't believe in anti-anything. A man has to have a program; you have to be for something, otherwise you will never get anywhere. .

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#941 Harry S. Truman

Student: Some people suggest that you are getting mellowed and less militant. Is that so?Truman: Not in the slightest degree. They are trying to make an elder statesmen of me, but they will never succeed. .

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#942 Harry S. Truman

I do not believe in shooting anything that cannot shoot back. .

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#943 Harry S. Truman

My favorite animal is the mule. He has more sense than a horse. He knows when to stop eating — and when to stop working. .

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#944 Harry S. Truman

We are in a troublesome period, and some "nonsense" as you term it — but this is a great nation with a high purpose, and we shall come to our senses and resume our course. .

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#945 Harry S. Truman

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. .

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#946 Harry S. Truman

It isn't important who is ahead at one time or another in either an election or horse race. It's the horse that comes in first at the finish line that counts. .

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#947 Harry S. Truman

The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know. .

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#948 Harry S. Truman

He’s one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides. .

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#949 Harry S. Truman

I fired him because he wouldn't respect the authority of the president. That's the answer to that. I didn't fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail. .

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#950 Harry S. Truman

When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn't for you. It's for the Presidency. .

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#951 Harry S. Truman

What do you mean "helped create"? I am . I am Cyrus. .

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#952 Harry S. Truman

Nothing but a damn bunch of bullshit! .

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#954 Harry S. Truman

I never gave anybody hell. I just told the truth and they think it's hell. .

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