Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes

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Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation.

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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.

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Only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other is to let her have it.

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One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President.

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No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.

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Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I'm going to Viet Nam's aid!

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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.

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Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.

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Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store.

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Our purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest, it is not empire, it is not foreign bases, it is not domination. It is, simply put, just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam.

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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.

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When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.

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It may be, it just may be, that life as we know it with its humanity is more unique than many have thought.

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We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter - and to write it in the books of law.

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We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.

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We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.

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We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.

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What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you're advancing. If you don't you're as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn't there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you.

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When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.

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When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.

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When things haven't gone well for you, call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention.

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Whether we are New Dealer, Old Dealer, Liberty Leaguer or Red, whether we agree or not, we still have the right to think and speak how we feel.

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While you're saving your face, you're losing your ass.

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In our home there was always prayer - aloud, proud and unapologetic.

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It is always a strain when people are being killed. I don't think anybody has held this job who hasn't felt personally responsible for those being killed.

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What we won when all of our people united must not be lost in suspicion and distrust and selfishness and politics. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as president.

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A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.

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I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.

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I believe the destiny of your generation - and your nation - is a rendezvous with excellence.

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I am making a collection of the things my opponents have found me to be and, when this election is over, I am going to open a museum and put them on display.

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I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order.

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Freedom is not enough.

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Every President wants to do right.

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I don't believe I'll ever get credit for anything I do in foreign affairs, no matter how successful it is, because I didn't go to Harvard.

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Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.

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I am concerned about the whole man. I am concerned about what the people, using their government as an instrument and a tool, can do toward building the whole man, which will mean a better society and a better world.

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Any jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a good carpenter to build one.

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Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it.

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Did you ever think that making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.

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Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right.

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It is important that the United States remain a two-party system. I'm a fellow who likes small parties and the Republican Party can't be too small to suit me.

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If you let a bully come in your front yard, he'll be on your porch the next day and the day after that he'll rape your wife in your own bed.

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