Lyndon Baines Johnson

(1908_1973 / Stonewall, Texas)

Lyndon Baines Johnson Quotes

  • ''I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The Lyndon Johnson Story, preface, p. ix, Farrar, Straus and Company (1964). Personal creed, from campaign biography.
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  • ''Our most tragic error may have been our inability to establish a rapport and a confidence with the press and television—with the communication media. I don't think the press has understood me.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The President Steps Down, ch. 5, p. 188, Macmillan (1970). On presidential failures.
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  • ''I want to go back, like Ponce de Leon, to the Fountain.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The President Steps Down, ch. 6, p. 256, Macmillan (1970). Johnson wanted to teach in his retirement.
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  • ''Every President wants to do right.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The President Steps Down, ch. 1, p. 41, Macmillan (1970). On the twilight of the presidency.
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  • ''If the American people don't love me, their descendants will.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Time, p. 69 (October 14, 1974). Reflecting on his role in history.
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  • ''Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better or can turn history around for the good.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Time, p. 29 (Febuary 5, 1973). Reflections on presidency.
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  • ''For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. inaugural address (Jan. 20, 1965).
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  • ''The world has narrowed to a neighborhood before it has broadened to brotherhood.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Dec. 17, 1963, New York City. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson: 1963-64.
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  • ''We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10,000 miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Oct. 21, 1964, Akron University, Ohio. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson: 1963-64.
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  • ''A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Aug. 20, 1965, Washington, D.C..
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