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Harry Truman Quotes



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

I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they want to do and like it.

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

The reward of suffering is experience.

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.

Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

If you can't convince them, confuse them.

All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.

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

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

Being too good is apt to be uninteresting

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.

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

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.

I would rather have peace in the world than be President.

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!

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

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.

The buck stops here!

We must build a new world, a far better world - one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.

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.

You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.

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.

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