American Politician, 36th President of the United States
Lyndon Johnson, fully Lyndon Baines Johnson, aka LBJ
American Politician, 36th President of the United States
What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you're advancing. If you don't you're as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn't there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you.
What we won when all of our people united just must not now be lost in suspicion, distrust, selfishness, and politics among any of our people. Believing this as I do, I have concluded that I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that are developing in this political year. With America's sons in the fields far away, with America's future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world's hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office--the Presidency of your country. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.
When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.
When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.
When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.
When things haven't gone well for you, call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention.
Whether we are New Dealer, Old Dealer, Liberty Leaguer or Red, whether we agree or not, we still have the right to think and speak how we feel.
While you're saving your face you're losing your ass. Never trust a man whose eyes are too close to his nose. I never trust a man unless I've got his pecker in my pocket. Better inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.
Whoever won't fight when the President calls him, deserves to be kicked back in his hole and kept there.
Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant I'm halfway through my fish burger and I realize Oh man... I could be eating a slow learner.
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: 'now, you are free to go where you want, do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please.' You do not take a man who for years has been hobbled by chains, liberate him, bring him to the starting line of a race, saying, "you are free to compete with all the others," and still justly believe you have been completely fair... This is the next and more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity?not just legal equity but human ability?not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result.
You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.
You've got to work things out in the cloakroom, and when you've got them worked out, you can debate a little before you vote.
We seek not just freedom but opportunity?not just legal equity but human ability?not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result.
We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. We have talked for a hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter ? and to write in the books of law.
We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.
We know that most people's intentions are good. We don't question their motives; we've never said they're unpatriotic, although they say some pretty ugly things about us. And we believe very strongly on preserving the right to differ in this country, and the right to dissent; and if I have done a good job of anything since I've been president, it's to ensure that there are plenty of dissenters.
We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.
We must not approach the observance and enforcement of this law in a vengeful spirit. Its purpose is not to punish. Its purpose is not to divide, but to end divisions--divisions which have all lasted too long. Its purpose is national, not regional.
We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.
We must preserve the right of free speech and the right of free assembly. But the right of free speech does not carry with it, as has been said, the right to holier fire in a crowded theater. We must preserve the right to free assembly, but free assembly does not carry with it the right to block public thoroughfares to traffic. We do have a right to protest, and a right to march under conditions that do not infringe the constitutional rights of our neighbors. And I intend to protect all those rights as long as I am permitted to serve in this office. We will guard against violence, knowing it strikes from our hands the very weapons which we seek--progress, obedience to law, and belief in American values.
We must throw open the doors of opportunity. But we also must equip our people to walk through these doors.
We have entered an age in which education is not just a luxury permitting some men an advantage over others. It has become a necessity without which a person is defenseless in this complex, industrialized society. We have truly entered the century of the educated man.
We come to reason, not to dominate. We do not seek to have our way, but to find a common way.