Harry S Truman Quotes

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–53), an American politician of the Democratic Party. He served as a United States Senator from Missouri (1935–45) and briefly as Vice President (1945) before he succeeded to the presidency on April 12, 1945 upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was president during the final months of World War II, making the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Truman was elected in his own right in 1948. He presided over an uncertain domestic scene as America sought its path after the war, and tensions with the Soviet Union increased, marking the start of the Cold War.

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Harry S Truman


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.

Harry S Truman


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.

Harry S Truman


Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in.

Harry S Truman


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

Harry S Truman



A President cannot always be popular.

Harry S Truman


Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny.

Harry S Truman


Nixon is one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides.

Harry S Truman


Since childhood at my mother's knee, I have believed in honor, ethics and right living as its own reward. I find a very small minority who agree with me on that premise.

Harry S Truman


Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.

Harry S Truman


Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Harry S Truman


We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries.

Harry S Truman


My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.

Harry S Truman


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

Harry S Truman


“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”

Harry S Truman