Quotes by Harry S. Truman


It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
– Harry S. Truman
A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.
– Harry S. Truman
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
– Harry S. Truman
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
– Harry S. Truman
A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.
– Harry S. Truman
A President cannot always be popular.
– Harry S. Truman
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.
– Harry S. Truman
A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.
– Harry S. Truman
Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.
– Harry S. Truman
All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it.
– Harry S. 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 S. Truman
Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.
– Harry S. 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 S. 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 S. Truman
Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.
– Harry S. Truman
Being too good is apt to be uninteresting.
– Harry S. 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 S. Truman
Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.
– Harry S. Truman
He wasn't used to being criticized, and he never did get it through his head that's what politics is all about. He was used to getting his ass kissed.
– Harry S. Truman
How do you live a long life? Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.
– Harry S. Truman