Harry S. Truman

Harry S.

33rd President of the United States

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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.

The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.

To hell with them. When history is written they will be the sons of bitches - not I.

We're going to be buried out here. I like the idea because I may just want to get up some day and stroll into my office. And I can hear you saying, Harry-you oughtn't!

Without a strong educational system democracy is crippled. Knowledge is not only key to power. It is the citadel of human freedom.

The White House is the finest prison in the world.

To me party platforms are contracts with the people

When a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.

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.

The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians. But that attack is only a warning of things to come. If Japan does not surrender, bombs will have to be dropped on her war industries and, unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost. I urge Japanese civilians to leave industrial cities immediately, and save themselves from destruction.

Today, America has become one of the most powerful forces for good on earth. We must keep it so. We have achieved a world leadership which does not depend solely upon our military and naval might. We have learned to fight with other nations in common defense of our freedom. We must now learn to live with other nations for our mutual good. We must learn to trade more with other nations so that there may be — for our mutual advantage — increased production, increased employment and better standards of living throughout the world. May we Americans all live up to our glorious heritage. In that way, America may well lead the world to peace and prosperity. [on bombing of Hiroshima]

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.

You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgments about what is going on.

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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33rd President of the United States