Lyndon Baines Johnson

(1908_1973 / Stonewall, Texas)

Lyndon Baines Johnson Quotes

  • ''No slogan of democracy; no battle cry of freedom is more striving then the American parent's simple statement which all of you have heard many times: 'I want my child to go to college.'''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Speech, Assoc. Of State Colleges and Land Grant Colleges," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (November 15, 1967). On higher education.
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  • ''I am not describing a distant utopia, but the kind of education which must be the great urgent work of our time. By the end of this decade, unless the work is well along, our opportunity will have slipped by.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Speech, Washington, D.C.," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (February 16, 1966). On international education.
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  • ''A great world leader is gone. Liberty loving people around the globe are sad tonight. We are strengthened in the thought of President Roosevelt's work for little people everywhere.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Statement, Death of FDR," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (April 12, 1945). Comments on death of FDR.
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  • ''I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "State of the Union Address, 1966," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (Jan. 16, 1966). An example of a "guns and butter" statement.
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  • ''I shall not seek and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "State of the Union Address, 1968," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (March 31, 1968). Statement announcing a decision not to run for third term.
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  • ''This administration is going to be a compassionate administration. We believe in the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The Compassionate Samaritan, preface, n.p., Nelson-Hall (1981). Used in speech to Planning Committee of the Non-Partisan Political League.
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  • ''Britain is mighty wobbly. It started late, because it dawdled, appeased, waited for something to turn up.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The Dallas (Texas) News (May 4, 1941). Speech on defense-related industry strikes.
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  • ''It is beautiful to remember that he passed away as he wished, in the saddle riding hard.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The Dallas (Texas) News (May 27, 1937). On the death of J.P. Buchanan, Tenth Texas District.
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  • ''We have not been fair with the Negro and his education. He has not had adequate or ample education to permit him to qualify for many jobs that are open to him.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The Dallas (Texas) News (March 17, 1963). On the twilight of the presidency.
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  • ''I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being a jackass caught in a hail storm. You've got to just stand there and take it.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "The Last Days of the President: LBJ in Retirement," Atlantic Monthly, vol. 232, no. 1, p. 40, Atlantic Monthly Co. Reflections from LBJ ranch.
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