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Quotes By Harry Truman

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8-05-1884
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26-12-1972

"Three things can ruin a man - money, power, and women." Former US President Harry Truman liked to live by this principle and one would often hear him saying, "I never had any money; I never wanted power; and the only woman in my life is up at the house right now."

Once someone made him an offer to get anything he wanted, including a woman, Truman stopped him mid-way and gave him an earful.

"Listen son, I married my sweetheart. She doesn't run around on me and I don't run around on her. I want that understood. Don't ever mention that kind of stuff to me again.'' He wasn't kidding either. He dearly loved his wife and daughter."

In another instance, the President who was known for being the eye of the storm rather than being in the eye of the storm barred the wife of influential media-mogul Henry Luce from the executive mansion. When a seemingly agitated Henry confronted him about the matter he replied, "Mr. Luce, you've asked a fair question, and I'll give you a fair answer. I've been in politics 35 years, and everything that could be said about a human being has been said about me. But my wife has never been in politics. She has always conducted herself in a circumspect manner, and no one has a right to make derogatory remarks about her. Now your wife has said many unkind and untrue things about Mrs. Truman. And as long as I'm in residence here, she'll not be a guest at the White House.”

The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

- Harry Truman

A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.

- Harry Truman

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

- Harry Truman

A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.

- Harry Truman

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

- Harry Truman

All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.

- Harry Truman

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

- Harry Truman

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

- Harry Truman

Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.

- Harry Truman

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

- Harry Truman

Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.

- Harry Truman

Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.

- Harry Truman

Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.

- Harry Truman

I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.

- Harry Truman

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.

- Harry Truman

I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have in it now. I believe it has a glorious future before it - not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization.

- Harry Truman

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