Harry S. Truman Quotes

Most popular Harry S. Truman Quotes

The buck stops here.
— Harry S. Truman
Study men, not historians.
— Harry S. Truman
Politics is the art of government.
— Harry S. Truman
Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.
— Harry S. Truman

anger

If you can't convince them, confuse them.
— Harry S. Truman

persuasion

Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.
— Harry S. Truman
Men make history and not the other way around.
— Harry S. Truman
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
— Harry S. Truman

advisory

We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.
— Harry S. Truman
The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.
— Harry S. Truman

history

If you can't stand the heat, you'd better get out of the kitchen.
— Harry S. Truman

critics accountability

I always considered statesman to be more expandable than soldiers.
— Harry S. Truman
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.
— Harry S. Truman

truth

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
— Harry S. Truman
When a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.
— Harry S. Truman

voting

The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world.
— Harry S. Truman
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
— Harry S. Truman

Democrats and Republicans

Being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.
— Harry S. Truman
Here is one instance in which it is the man who makes the office, not the office the man.

vice-presidency

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
— Harry S. Truman

economics

Justice remains the greatest power on earth to that tremendous power alone will we submit.
— Harry S. Truman
My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.
— Harry S. Truman

father

We must build a new world, a far better world - one in which the eternal dignity of man is respected.
— Harry S. Truman
A leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it.
— Harry S. Truman

leadership persuasion

When a leader is in the Democratic Party he's the boss; when he's in the Republican Party he's a leader.
— Harry S. Truman

leadership

It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.
— Harry S. Truman

America civic duty democracy voting

I have found the best way to give advice to people is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
— Harry S. Truman

advice

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 S. Truman

children parents

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 S. Truman

advice

Men often mistake notoriety for fame, and would rather be remarked for their vices and follies than not be noticed at all.
— Harry S. Truman

fame human nature

It is all too obvious that if we do not abolish war on this earth, then surely one day, war will abolish us from the earth.
— Harry S. Truman

war

I have found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want, and then advise them to do it.
— Harry S. Truman

advice parenting

It is all too obvious that if we do not abolish war on this earth, then surely, one day, war will abolish us from the earth.
— Harry S. Truman

future

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
— Harry S. Truman

optimism pessimism

It was the same with those old birds in Greece and Rome as it is now. The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.
— Harry S. Truman
Within the first few months I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger.  A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.

president

A politician is a man who understand the government and it takes a politicians to run a government. A statesman is a politician who has been dead for fifteen years.
— Harry S. Truman
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves and their carnal urges.  Self-discipline with all of them came first.

discipline self-control

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.
— Harry S. Truman

censorship

Being a president is like riding a tiger . . . keep on riding or be swallowed. A president is either constantly on top of events or . . events will soon be on top of him.
— Harry S. Truman

politicians

Everybody has the right to express what he thinks. That, of course, lets the crackpots in. But if you cannot tell a crackpot when you see one, then you ought to be taken in.
— Harry S. Truman

foolishness

Some of the president were great and some of them weren't. I can say that, because I was not one of the great presidents, but I had a good time trying to be on, I can tell you that.
— Harry S. Truman
It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.
— Harry S. Truman
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.
— Harry S. Truman

leadership

In the cause of freedom, we have to battle for the rights of people with whom we do not agree; and whom, in many cases, we may not like. These people test the strength of the freedom as which protect all of us. If we do not defend their rights, we endanger our own.