Secrecy and a free, democratic government dont mix.
I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to.
The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.
All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.
I come to the office each morning and stay for long hours doing what has to be done to the best of my ability. And when you've done the best you can, you can't do any better. So when I go to sleep I turn everything over to the Lord and forget it.
Being too good is apt to be uninterresting.
We can never tell what is in store for us.
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.
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!
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first.
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.
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 father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
To reporters the day after his accession to the presidency, April 13, 1945 When they told me yesterday what had happened, I felt like the moon, the stars and all the planets had fallen on me.
A man who is not interested in politics is not doing his patriotic duty toward maintaining the constitution of the United States.
If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.
We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.
My definition of a leader ... is a man who can persuade people to do what they dont want to do, or do what theyre too lazy to do, and like it.
Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
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.
It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
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.
Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.
You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the worst of two evils or none at all. So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two. Nixon is impossible.
I would rather have peace in the world than be President.
I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.
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.
A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
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