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Harry S. Truman
1884 - 1972

33rd president of the United States (1945-1953), farmer, haberdasher, war veteran. Truman was a plain-speaking self-professed populist, vice president to Franklin Roosevelt , who became president when Roosevelt died just 82 days into his fourth term. He authorized the use of atomic bombs against Japan, ending World War II. The Truman Doctrine asserted U.S. military might against communists in Turkey, Greece, and Korea. The Marshall Plan (helped Europe rebuild after the war. Truman brought the U.S. into the United Nations.


In a free society, we punish a man for the crimes he commits, but never for the opinions he holds.

If we don't have a fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a ... government which does not believe in rights for anyone except the state.

quoted in God's Providence in American History (1988) by Steven C. Dawson
I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell.

quoted in Look Magazine
Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, 'on the one hand ... on the other hand!'

quoted in Presidential Anecdotes by P. Boller
If you cannot convince them, confuse them.

If we don't have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a ... government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.

quoted in God's Providence in America's History, by Steven Dawson
Itís a recession when your neighbour loses his job. Itís a depression when you lose yours.

 The United Nations represents the idea of a universal morality, superior to the interests of individual nations...

Oct. 24, 1950 - from a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, quoted in The Road To Socialism and the New World Order by Dr. Dennis Cuddy
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.

I can remember when a good politician had to be 75 percent ability and 25 percent actor, but I can well see the day when the reverse could be true.