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I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, Mar. 12, 1947

The Republican Party either corrupts its liberals or it expels them.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, quoted in Wit and Wisdom of the American Presidents

He who cannot stand the heat should stay out of the kitchen.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, quoted in Wise Words and Quotes

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

HARRY S. TRUMAN, quoted in Phillips' Treasury of Humorous Quotations

Being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep riding or be swallowed.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, quoted in The Wit and Wisdom of Harry Truman

I received a card the other day from Steve Early which said, "Don't Worry Me--I am an 8 Ulcer Man on 4 Ulcer Pay."

HARRY S. TRUMAN, attributed, Mr. President

When a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, attributed, Speak Out with Clout

Socialism is a scareword they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power. Socialism is what they called social security. Socialism is what they called farm price supports. Socialism is what they called bank deposit insurance. Socialism is what they called the growth of free and independent labor organizations. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, speech, Oct. 10, 1952

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

HARRY S. TRUMAN, attributed, One Season of Hope

Republicans don't like people to talk about depressions. You can hardly blame them for that. You remember the old saying: Don't talk about rope in the house where somebody has been hanged.

HARRY TRUMAN, Harry S. Truman: Containing the Public Messages, Speeches, and Statements of the President, 1945-53

The Buck Stops Here.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, motto on his White House desk

The atom bomb was no "great decision." It was used in the war, and for your information, there were more people killed by fire bombs in Tokyo than dropping of the atomic bombs accounted for. It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, in reply to a question at a symposium, Columbia University, NYC, April 28, 1959

Well, I have been studying the Republican Party for over 12 years at close hand in the Capital of the United States. And by this time, I have discovered where the Republicans stand on most of the major issues. Since they won't tell you themselves, I am going to tell you. They approve of the American farmer--but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing. They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. They favor a minimum wage--the smaller the minimum the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them... They consider electrical power a great blessing--but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.... They condemn "cruelly high prices"--but fight to the death every effort to bring them down. They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.

HARRY TRUMAN, speech, October 13, 1948

The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members. We shall not realize our objectives, however, unless we are willing to help free peoples to maintain their free institutions and their national integrity against aggressive movements that seek to impose upon them totalitarian regimes.

HARRY S. TRUMAN, message to a joint session of Congress, "Truman Doctrine", March 12, 1947


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