Harry S. Truman Quotes


"The buck stops here!"

"The reward of suffering is experience."

"If you can't convince them, confuse them."

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

"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

"Men make history and not the other way around."

"The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know."

"The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all."

"I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell."

"A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader."

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

"It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours."

"A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it."

"A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him."

"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."

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

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

"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."

"A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or 15 years."

"Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."

"Well 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."

Compiled by Thomas George