Harry Truman quotes talk about his life as American President and the many issues that come with such an office. He called former President Richard Nixon a liar and was adamant about his thoughts towards him. Truman was clearly unhappy with living in the White House and called it a prison.
Harry Truman was the 33rd President of the United States of America. He served from 1945 to 1953, having been voted in for two terms. He was married to Bess Truman and both grew up together as children. He is also responsible for the formation of NATO and implementing what is called the Truman Doctrine. He called for the CIA to be abolished after the assassination of John F Kennedy. Below are a number of his quotes.
“Study men, not historians.”
“It sure is hell to be president."
“Being too good is apt to be uninteresting."
“Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art."
“Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.”
"Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past."
“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."
“This administration is going to be cussed and discussed for years to come."
“Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me."
“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!"
“Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought."
“The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction.”
“In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity."
“A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants."
“If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house."
“I would rather have peace in the world than be President."
“It's plain hokum. If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em. It's an old political trick. But this time it won't work."
“My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States."
“I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases."
"We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries."
“All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it."
"A President cannot always be popular."
“I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell."
“Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here."
“If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again."
“A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment."
“The buck stops here!"
“Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court he ceases to be your friend."
"Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice."
“The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's."
“The atom bomb was no 'great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness."
“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."
“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."
“You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on."
“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."
“The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all."
“A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years."
“Nixon is 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."
“A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it."
“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."
“The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."
“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."
“The President is always abused. If he isn't, he isn't doing anything."
Harry Truman quotes are very controversial in some aspects, he talks about how others believed he was giving them a hard time. He succeeded Franklin D Roosevelt after his death and was President during World War 2. I hope his quotes prove a benefit in some way as we all have to find ways to deal with life’s challenges.