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Harry Truman was born and raised in Missouri, a rural farm state. His father died when he was three years old and his mother had to work long hours to support the family. At age six, Harry is quoted saying I can’t be ambitious for myself. He attended public schools; only 3 of the 22 kids in his school graduated high school. World War I interrupted Truman’s education as he helped out on the family farms while others went off to fight overseas. When he turned 18, Trumans registered for military service but was rejected because of poor eyesight so instead worked at a Kansas City shipyard where he became part of a labor union that would later sponsor him for president.
In 1919, Truman married Bess Wallace who

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About Harry Truman

birth of the author

May 8, 1884

death of the author

December 26, 1972

political of the author

Political Party:

education of the author

Spalding’s Commercial College, Umkc School Of Law

occupation of the author

Politician, Businessman, Farmer

country of the author

United States

institution of the author

United States Army

date of the author

Years Of Service:

army of the author


army of the author

World War I St. Mihiel Meuse-Argonne Defensive Sector, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Defensive Sector

award of the author

World War I Victory Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal


Justice remains the greatest power on earth. To that tremendous power alone will we submit. — Harry S. Truman

We must face the fact that peace must be built on power, as well as upon good will and good deeds. — Harry S. Truman

There is a lure in power. It can get into a man’s blood just as gambling and lust for money have been known to do. — Harry Truman

But all of us–at home, at war, wherever we may be–are within the reach of God’s love and power. We all can pray. We all should pray. We should ask the fulfillment of God’s will. — 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

Three things ruin a man: power, money, and women. I never wanted power. I never had any money, and the only woman in my life is up at the house right now. — Harry S. Truman

I can assure you that flying saucers, given that they exist, are not constructed by any power on Earth. — Harry S. Truman

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. — Harry S. Truman

Our religious faith gives us the answer to the false beliefs of Communism… I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose. — Harry S. Truman

Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima. . . . The force from which the sun draws its power has been loosed against those who brought war to the Far East. — Harry S. Truman

Leadership is getting people to do things that they don’t want to do. — Harry S. Truman

This is a Christian nation. — Harry S. Truman


The absence of war is not peace. — Harry S. Truman

If we do not want to die together in war, we must learn to live together in peace. — Harry S. Truman

It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. — Harry S. Truman

If wars in the future are to be prevented the nations must be united in their determination to keep the peace under law. — Harry S. Truman

We were well aware that the end of the fighting would not automatically settle the problems arising out of the war. The establishment of peace after the fighting is over has always been a difficult task. — Harry S. Truman

With firm faith in our hearts, to sustain us along the hard road to victory, we will find our way to a secure peace, for the ultimate benefit of all humanity. — Harry S. Truman

We have found that it is easier for men to die together on the field of battle than it is for them to live together at home in peace. — Harry S. Truman

It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences. — Harry S Truman


It sure is hell to be president. — Harry S. Truman

A President cannot always be popular. — Harry S Truman

The President is always abused. If he isn’t, he isn’t doing anything. — 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

No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs. — Harry S. Truman

I don’t feel qualified to be president either, but I’ve got the job. — Harry S. Truman

Being a president is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or he is swallowed. — 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

In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity. — Harry S. Truman

I consider Monroe a pretty minor president. In spite of the Monroe Doctrine. That’s the only important thing he ever did more or less on his own, when you really get down to it. — Harry S. Truman

Being President is a little bit like riding a tiger. You have to keep riding, or else you will be swallowed up by it! — Harry S. Truman

Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past. — Harry S. Truman

A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment. — Harry S Truman

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

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

The Marine Corps is the Navy’s police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin’s. — Harry S Truman

I enjoyed my new position as vice president, but it took me a while to get used to the fact that I no longer had the voting privileges I had enjoyed for 10 years as a senator. — Harry S. Truman


Believe and you’re halfway there. — Harry S. Truman

The Republicans believe in the minimum wage––the more the minimum, the better. — Harry S. Truman

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I do not believe in shooting anything that cannot shoot back. — 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

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

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

I believe in the brotherhood of man, not merely the brotherhood of white men but the brotherhood of all men before law. — Harry S. Truman

We believe that all men are created equal because they are created in the image of God — Harry S. Truman

I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way. — Harry S. Truman

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

If we let Korea down, the Soviet[s] will keep right on going and swallow up one [place] after another. — Harry S. Truman

The AMA is) ‘just another mean trust. — Harry S. Truman


All my life I have fought against prejudice and intolerance. — Harry S. Truman

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Nothing is more important in our national life than the welfare of our children. — Harry S. Truman

Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art. — Harry S Truman

The greatest honor that has come to me, and that can ever come to me in my life, is to be Grand Master of Masons in Missouri. — Harry S. Truman

I’ve had a few setbacks in my life, but I never gave up. — Harry S. Truman

We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives–but in what we do for others — Harry S. Truman

How do you live a long life? ‘Take a two–mile walk every morning before breakfast. — 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 Truman

At the present moment in world history nearly every nation must choose between alternative ways of life. The choice is too often not a free one. — Harry S. Truman

A man cannot have character unless he lives within a fundamental system of morals that creates character. — Harry S. Truman

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. — Harry S Truman

It is through generous giving, that we affirm before the world, our nation’s faith in the inalienable right of every man, to a life of freedom, justice and security. — Harry S. Truman

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. — Harry S. Truman

When a High Explosive shell bursts in fifteen feet and does you no damage, you can bet your sweet life you bear a charmed life and no mistake. — Harry S. Truman

Human life is something that comes to us from beyond this world, and the purpose of our society is to cherish it and to enable the individual to attain the highest achievement of which he is capable — Harry S. Truman

We can all pray. We all should pray. We should ask the fulfillment of Gods will. We should ask for courage, wisdom, for the quietness of soul which comes alone to them who place their lives in His hands. — Harry S. Truman


Never, never waste a minute on regret. It’s a waste of time. — Harry S. Truman

Our goal must be not peace in our time, but peace for all time. — 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

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

It isn’t important who is ahead at one time or another, in either an election or a horse race. It’s the horse that comes in first at the finish that counts — Harry S. Truman

Most of the time most people know the right thing to do …its the doing of it that gives them trouble — Harry S. Truman

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. — Harry S Truman

Mama and Papa are more to blame (for delinquency) than the kids; parents should stay home and raise their children and spend less time in taverns. — Harry S. Truman

I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out who’s hitting you? It’s about time that the people of America realized what the Republicans have been doing to them. — Harry S. Truman

He wanted to know what assurance we could give the American people that we aren’t getting the tar licked out of us by the North Korean army. It has never happened to us. It won’t happen this time. — Harry S. Truman

It is time that all Americans realized that the place of labor is side by side with the businessman and with the farmer, and not one–degree lower. — Harry S. Truman

Well, I wouldn’t say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great. — Harry S Truman

It can be lost, and it will be, if the time ever comes when these documents are regarded not as the supreme expression of our profound belief, but merely as curiosities in glass cases. — Harry S. Truman

For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy making arm of the government. — Harry S. Truman

It’s plain hokum. If you can’t convince ’em, confuse ’em. It’s an old political trick. But this time it won’t work. — Harry S Truman

Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time — Harry S. Truman

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! — 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

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


Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself. — Harry Truman

If you want to live like a Republican, you’ve got to vote for a Democrat. — Harry S. Truman

When a leader is in the Democratic Party he’s a boss. When he’s in the Republican Party he’s nothing but a leader. — Harry S. Truman

The Republican Party either corrupts its liberals or it expels them. — Harry S. Truman

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 S. Truman

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The Republican party still helps the rich and sticks a knife in the back of the poor. — Harry S. Truman

Herbert Hoover once ran on the slogan, ‘Two cars in every garage’. Apparently, the Republican candidate this year is running on the slogan, ‘Two families in every garage’. — Harry S. Truman

A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants. — Harry S. Truman

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