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  • ''I would rather have peace in the world than be President.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Christmas Message, December 24, 1948, Independence, Missouri.
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  • ''The atom bomb was no "great decision."... It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Seminar, April 28, 1959, Columbia University, New York City.
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  • ''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 (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Memorandum, May 22, 1945. published in William Hillman, Mr. President, pt. 3 (1952).
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  • ''The buck stops here.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Alfred Steinberg, The Man from Missouri (1962). Motto on Truman's desk at the White House.
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  • ''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 (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Merle Miller, Plain Speaking: Conversations with Harry S. Truman, ch. 11 (1973).
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  • ''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 (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Merle Miller, Plain Speaking: Conversations with Harry S. Truman, ch. 15 (1973).
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  • ''If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Mr. Citizen, ch. 15 (1960). A favorite saying of Truman's, he had previously ascribed this motto to an adviser.
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  • ''A politician is a man who understands government and it takes a politician to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead ten or fifteen years.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Address, April 11, 1958, to the Reciprocity Club, Washington, D.C.. Quoted in New York World-Telegram and Sun (April 12, 1958).
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  • ''Study men, not historians.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Robert H. Ferrell, Off the Record (1980).
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  • ''There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.''
    Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), U.S. Democratic politician, president. quoted in William Hillman, Mr. President, pt. 2, ch. 1 (1952).
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