Quotes by Harry S. Truman
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"You can not stop the spread of an idea by passing a law against it."

"We need not fear the expression of ideas—we do need to fear their suppression."

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

Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you.

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.

I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have - When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do.

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.

I learned that a great leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do and like it.

If you cannot convince them, confuse them.

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

Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

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

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

Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

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.

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

Whenever the press quits abusing me I know I'm in the wrong pew. I don't mind it because when they throw bricks at me-I'm a pretty good shot myself and I usually throw 'em back at 'em.
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