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If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again.
—  Harry S. Truman
Democracy is based on the conviction that man has the moral and intellectual capacity, as well as the inalienable right, to govern himself with reason and justice.
—  Harry S. Truman
We must have strong minds, ready to accept facts as they are.
—  Harry S. Truman
A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government.
—  Harry S. Truman
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
—  Harry S. Truman
The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction.
—  Harry S. Truman
It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose your own.
—  Harry S. Truman
A leader has to lead otherwise he has no business in politics.
—  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
No one who has not had the responsibility can really understand what it is like to be President, not even his closest aides or members of his immediate family. There is no end to the chain of responsibility that binds him, and he is never allowed to forget that he is President.
—  Harry S. Truman
The Marshall Plan will go down in history as one of America's greatest contributions to the peace of the world.
—  Harry S. Truman
A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.
—  Harry S. Truman
My definition of a leader ... is a man who can persuade people to do what they don't want to do, or do what they're too lazy to do, and like it.
—  Harry S. Truman
Justice remains the greatest power on earth. To that tremendous power alone will we submit.
—  Harry S. Truman
The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world.
—  Harry S. Truman
The difficulty with businessmen entering politics, after they've had a successful business career, is that they want to start at the top.
—  Harry S. Truman
Everybody has the right to express what he thinks. That, of course, lets the crackpots in. But if you cannot tell a crackpot when you see one, then you ought to be taken in.
—  Harry S. Truman
I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to.
—  Harry S. Truman
Well, I wouldn't say I was in the 'great' class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.
—  Harry S. Truman
There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.
—  Harry S. Truman
On leaving the White House: If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again.
—  Harry S. Truman
I would rather have peace in the world than be President.
—  Harry S. Truman
Some of the presidents were great and some of them weren't. I can say that, because I wasn't one of the great presidents, but I had a good time trying to be one, I can tell you that.
—  Harry S. Truman
I have found that 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
You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.
—  Harry S. Truman
My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference.
—  Harry S. Truman
Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place.
—  Harry S. Truman
When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn't for you. It's for the Presidency.
—  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
Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.
—  Harry S. Truman
I don't believe in anti-anything. A man has to have a program; you have to be for something. Otherwise, you will never get anywhere.
—  Harry S. Truman

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