50+ Best Harry S. Truman Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States. He implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe, and established the Truman Doctrine and NATO. Profoundly inspirational Harry S. Truman quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

If you’re searching for best known presidential quotes that perfectly capture what you’d like to say or just want to feel inspired yourself, browse through an amazing collection of quotes from Franklin D. Roosevelt, powerful Jimmy Carter quotes and famous John Quincy Adams quotes.

Famous Harry S. Truman Quotes

If you tell Congress everything about the world situation, they get hysterical. If you tell them nothing, they go fishing.

The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.

Well, I wouldn’t say I was in the ‘great’ class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.

I have little patience with people who take the Bill of Rights for granted. The Bill of Rights, contained in the first ten amendments to the Constitution, is every American’s guarantee of freedom.

I’ve said many a time that I think the Un-American Activities Committee in the House of Representatives was the most un-American thing in America!

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

I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount.

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

Fame is a vapor, popularity is an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow and only one thing endures – character.

Keep working on a plan. Make no little plans. Make the biggest plan you can think of and spend the rest of your life carrying it out.

When even one American – who has done nothing wrong – is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth – then all Americans are in peril.

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

Amazing Harry S. Truman Quotes

There is no more fundamental axiom of American freedom than the familiar statement: In a free country we punish men for the crimes they commit but never for the opinions they have.

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.

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

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self discipline with all of them came first.

Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.

Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.

… they [books] are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought.

Men make history and not the other way around.

There is some risk involved in action, there always is. But there is far more risk in failure to act.

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

People are very much wrought up about the Communist bugaboo.

A man who is influenced by the polls or is afraid to make decisions which make him unpopular is not a man to represent the welfare of the country.

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.

The most peaceful thing in the world is plowing a field. Chances are you’ll do your best thinking that way.

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

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

A President cannot always be popular.

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

Inspirational Harry S. Truman Quotes

I would rather have peace in the world than be President.

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

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

The Russians… are fine people. They got along with our soldiers in Berlin very well. As far as I am concerned, they can have whatever they want just so they don’t try to impose their system on others.

We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all it’s citizens deserves the help of all the nation.

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

Leadership is the ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do and like it.

If you can’t convince them, confuse them.

You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.

As you get older, you get tired of doing the same things over and over again, so you think Christmas has changed. It hasn’t. It’s you who has changed.

There are always a lot of people so afraid of rocking the boat that they stop rowing. We can never get ahead that way.

It is a terrible-and I mean terrible-nuisance to be kin to the President of the United States.

If I hadn’t been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.

Without a strong educational system — free of government control — democracy is crippled. Knowledge is not only the key to power. It is the citadel of human freedom.

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

A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.

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

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

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.

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

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