Quotes from Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman was the 33rd president of the United States, serving from 1945 to 1953. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 34th vice president from January to April 1945 under Franklin Roosevelt and as a United States Senator from Missouri from 1935 to January 1945.

Having assumed the presidency after Roosevelt’s death, Truman implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy of Western Europe and established both the Truman Doctrine and NATO to contain the expansion of communism.

Here are some quotes from President Harry S. Truman;

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”

“The atom bomb was no ‘great decision.’ It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.”

“A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.”

“It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose your own.”

“Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.”

“Well, I wouldn’t say I was in the ‘great’ class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.”

“People are very much wrought up about the Communist bugaboo.”

“A man who is influenced by the polls or is afraid to make decisions which make him unpopular is not a man to represent the welfare of the country.”

“The Russians… are fine people. They got along with our soldiers in Berlin very well. As far as I am concerned, they can have whatever they want just so they don’t try to impose their system on others.”

“I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”

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