Harry S. Truman

Harry S.

33rd President of the United States

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There isn’t any doubt that a woman would make a good president. They make good senators, good members of the House of Representatives, and have held other important offices in the government of the United States.

We know now that the basic proposition of the worth and dignity of man is not a sentimental aspiration or a vain hope or a piece of rhetoric. It is the strongest, most creative force now present in this world. Now let us use that force and all our resources and all our skills in the great cause of a just and lasting peace! The Three Great Powers are now more closely than ever bound together in determination to achieve that kind of peace. From Teheran, and the Crimea, from San Francisco and Berlin — we shall continue to march together to a lasting peace and a happy world!

Whenever a man does the best he can, then that is all he can do.

Therefore to re-establish that custom, although by a quibble I could say I've only had one term, I am not a candidate and will not accept the nomination for another term.

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

Whenever I make a bum decision, I just go out and make another.

There's nothing better than cake but more cake.

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

Whenever the press quits abusing me I know I'm in the wrong pew. I don't mind it because when they throw bricks at me-I'm a pretty good shot myself and I usually throw 'em back at 'em.

The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world.

These polls that the Republican candidate is putting out are like sleeping pills designed to lull the voters into sleeping on election day. You might call them sleeping polls.

We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives but in what we do for others

Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

The Russians are liars – you can't trust them. At Potsdam they agreed to everything and broke their word. It's too bad the second world power is like this, but that's the way it is, and we must keep our strength.

This administration is going to be cussed and discussed for years to come.

We owe our troops the opportunity to serve in the best-planned, best-equipped, and best-led military force in the world, and we owe them the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they and their families will be taken care of if they sacrifice life, limb or the ability to sleep without war s nightmares. We owe them not just thanks and best wishes, but action, and action in our nation s capital.

Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court he ceases to be your friend.

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.

This is the day we have been waiting for since Pearl Harbor. This is the day when Fascism finally dies, as we always knew it would.

We represent a fraternity which believes in justice and truth and honorable action in your community men who are endeavoring to be better citizens[and] to make a great country greater. This is the only institution in the world where we can meet on the level all sorts of people who want to live rightly.

Why, this fellow don't know any more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday.

The Soviet Union does not have to attack the United States to secure domination of the world. It can achieve its ends by isolating us and swallowing up all our allies.

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.

We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all its citizens deserves the help of all the nation.

Within the first few months I discovered that being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep riding or be swallowed.

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33rd President of the United States