Lyndon Johnson, fully Lyndon Baines Johnson, aka LBJ

Johnson, fully Lyndon Baines Johnson, aka LBJ

American Politician, 36th President of the United States

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Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store.

Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.

John F. Kennedy was the victim of the hate that was a part of our country. It is a disease that occupies the minds of the few but brings danger to the many.

Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I'm going to Vietnam's aid.

Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences and make our Nation whole.

Light at the end of the tunnel? We don't even have a tunnel; we don't even know where the tunnel is.

Making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg. It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.

Most of all we need an education which will create an educated mind. This is a mind not simply a repository of information and skills, but a mind that is a source of creative skepticism, characterized by a willingness to challenge old assumptions and to be challenged, a spaciousness of outlook, and convictions that are deeply held, but which new facts and new experiences can always modify.

Never make a speech at a country dance or a football game.

Never miss an opportunity to say a word of congratulations upon anyone's achievement, or express sympathy in sorrow or disappointment.

Never trust a man unless you've got his pecker in your pocket.

No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.

Of those to whom much is given, much is asked. I cannot say and no man could say that no more will be asked of us.

On January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set forth to Congress and the people 'four essential human freedoms' for which America stands. In the years since then, those four freedoms - freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear - have stood as a summary of our aspirations for the American Republic and for the world. And Americans have always stood ready to pay the cost in energy and treasure which are needed to make those goals a reality. Today - wealthier, more powerful and more able than ever before in our history - our Nation can declare another essential freedom. The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance. It means that every man, everywhere, should be free to develop his talents to their full potential - unhampered by arbitrary barriers of race or birth or income. We have already begun the work of guaranteeing that fifth freedom. The job, of course, will never be finished. For a nation, as for an individual, education is a perpetually unfinished journey, a continuing process of discovery. But the work we started when this Nation began, which has flourished for nearly two centuries, and which has gained momentum in the past two Congresses - is ours to continue - yours and mine.

Once we considered education a public expense; we know now that it is a public investment.

In the world, America stands for--and works for--the right of all men to govern themselves through free, uninhibited elections. An ink bottle broken against an American Embassy, a fire set in an American library, an insult committed against our American flag, anywhere in the world, does far less injury to our country and our cause than the discriminatory denial of the right of any American citizen at home to vote on the basis of race or color.

In this same month ninety-five years ago-on March 30, 1870--the Constitution of the United States was amended for the fifteenth time to guarantee that no citizen of our land should be denied the right to vote because of race or color. The command of the Fifteenth Amendment is unequivocal and its equal force upon State Governments and the Federal Government is unarguable. Section 1 of this Amendment provides: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shah not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

In your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.

It is always a strain when people are being killed. I don't think anybody has held this job who hasn't felt personally responsible for those being killed.

It is important that the United States remain a two-party system. I'm a fellow who likes small parties and the Republican Party can't be too small to suit me.

It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy.

It is the excitement of becoming - always becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting, and trying again- but always trying and always gaining

It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention.

It may be, it just may be, that life as we know it with its humanity is more unique than many have thought.

It means an educational system which does not simply equip the students to adjust to society, but which enables the student to challenge and to modify, and at times reject, if necessary, the received wisdom of his elders.

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American Politician, 36th President of the United States