Lyndon Baines Johnson

(1908_1973 / Stonewall, Texas)

Lyndon Baines Johnson Quotes

  • ''This is not a jungle war, but a struggle for freedom on every front of human activity.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. television broadcast, Aug. 4, 1964.
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  • ''It is the genius of our Constitution that under its shelter of enduring institutions and rooted principles there is ample room for the rich fertility of American political invention.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. message, Jan. 12, 1966, to Congress.
  • ''All of us realize that war requires action. What is sometimes harder for us to realize is that peace and neutrality also require action.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Address, Armistice Day, Brenham, Texas," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (November 11, 1939).
  • ''John F. Kennedy was the victim of the hate that was a part of our country. It is a disease that occupies the minds of the few but brings danger to the many.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Address, Mitchell Field, New York," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (May 9, 1964). Dedication of JFK Cultural Center.
  • ''A President must call on many persons—some to man the ramparts and to watch the far away, distant posts; others to lead us in science, medicine, education and social progress here at home.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Address, World Education Conference," LBJ, "Speech Collection," (Oct. 8, 1967). On international education.
  • ''I'm not in the speechmaking business nowadays. I'm following the advice of an old mountain woman who said: 'When I walks, I walk slowly. When I sits, I sits loosely. And when I feel a worry coming on, I just go to sleep.'''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Compassionate Samaritan, ch. 14, p. 311, Nelson-Hall (1981). Speech at retirement award ceremony.
  • ''I am proud to be a member of a party that opens its doors to all men—and closes its hearts to none.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Congressional Record (House), Jan. 7, 1960, vol. 106, part 1, 86th Congress, 2nd session, GPO (1960). In support of diversity.
  • ''The atomic bomb certainly is the most powerful of all weapons, but it is conclusively powerful and effective only in the hands of the nation which controls the sky.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Congressional Record (House), March 9, 1949, vol. 94, part 2, 80th Congress, 2nd session, p. 1, GPO (1948). In defense of Truman Doctrine.
  • ''Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the House, Members of the Senate, my fellow Americans, all I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Congressional Record (House), Nov. 27, 1963, vol. 109, part 17, House Document 178, p. 22838, GPO (1963). On the death of John F. Kennedy.
  • ''As the House is designed to provide a reflection of the mood of the moment, the Senate is meant to reflect the continuity of the past—to preserve the delicate balance of justice between the majority's whims and the minority's rights.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Congressional Record (Senate), March 9, 1949, vol. 95, part 2, 81st Congress, 1st session, p. 2042, GPO (1949). On amending the so-called cloture rule in Senate.

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