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1884-1972 ,  American President [1945-1953]
Harry TrumanThe 33rd president of the United States (1945–53), who led his country through the final stages of World War II and through the early years of the Cold War, vigorously opposing Soviet expansionism in Europe and sending U.S. forces to turn back a communist invasion of South Korea.

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When the decision is up before you-and on my desk I have a motto which says “The buck stops here” -the decision has to be made.

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

perhaps the phrase was coined by one of Truman's advisors

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own.

The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.

I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.

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.

Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.

My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.

Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes.

You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.

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

I fired MacArthur because he wouldn’t respect the authority of the president. I didn’t fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was.

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

I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central Intelligence Agency back in forty-seven, if I had known it would become the American Gestapo.

How many times do you have to get hit over the head until you figure out who’s hitting you.

A person who is fundamentally honest doesn't need a code of ethics. The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are all the ethical code anybody needs.

I shall continue to do what I think is right, whether anybody likes it or not.

You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook.

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

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word. Never get too big for your britches. Trust in God. Have no fear; and Never forget a friend.

The difficulty with businessmen entering politics, after they've had a successful business career, is that they want to start at the top.

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

If we do not abolish war on this earth, then surely one day war will abolish us from the earth.

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

Nothing is more important in our national life than the welfare of our children.

A society will be judged by how it treats its weakest members.

I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to.

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

To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.

It doesn't matter how big a ranch you own or how many cows you brand, the size of your funeral is still gonna depend on the weather.

How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?

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

A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.

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

If you don't have your own goals, you'll be doomed to work toward someone else's.

I do not believe in shooting anything that cannot shoot back.

Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.

Being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed.

You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.

I said that an expert was a fella who was afraid to learn anything new because then he wouldn't be an expert anymore.

No nation on this globe should be more internationally minded than America because it was built by all nations.

We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God

The 'C' students run the world.

The President hears a hundred voices telling him that he is the greatest man in the world. He must listen carefully indeed to hear the one voice that tells him his is not.

He’ll sit there are he’ll say “Do this! Do that!” and nothing will happen. Poor Ike - it won’t be a bit like the army.

“Ike” being his successor, president Eisenhower

The Marshall Plan will go down in history as one of America's greatest contributions to the peace of the world.

The White House is the finest prison in the world.

The successful man has enthusiasm. Good work is never done in cold blood; heat is needed for forge anything. Every great achievement is the story of a flaming heart.

The atom bomb was no 'great decision.' It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.

Prosperous farmers make for a prosperous nation, and when farmers are in trouble, the nation is in trouble.

The absence of war is not peace.

Men make history, not the other way around.

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Three things ruin a man: power, money, and women. I never wanted power. I never had any money, and the only woman in my life is up at the house right now.

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