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Lyndon B. Johnson quotes (96)

A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it.
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A man without a vote is man without protection.
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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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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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Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.
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Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.
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Every President wants to do right.
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Freedom is not enough.
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Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife.
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I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order.
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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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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 believe the destiny of your generation - and your nation - is a rendezvous with excellence.
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I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.
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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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I feel like I just grabbed a big juicy worm with a right sharp hook in the middle of it.
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I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it.
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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.
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I report to you that our country is challenged at home and abroad: that it is our will that is being tried and not our strength; our sense of purpose and not our ability to achieve a better America.
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I seldom think of politics more than eighteen hours a day.
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I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women.
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I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help - and God's.
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I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it.
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I'm the only president you've got.
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I'm tired. I'm tired of feeling rejected by the American people. I'm tired of waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the war.
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If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
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If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swim."
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If the American people don't love me, their descendants will.
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If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.
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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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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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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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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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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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Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store.
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Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.
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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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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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No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.
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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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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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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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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 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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Our society is illuminated by the spiritual insights of the Hebrew prophets. America and Israel have a common love of human freedom, and they have a common faith in a democratic way of life.
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Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
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Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.
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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.
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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.
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The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.
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The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.
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The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance.
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The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.
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The last thing I wanted to do was to be a wartime President.
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The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America.
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The moon and other celestial bodies should be free for exploration and use by all countries. No country should be permitted to advance a claim of sovereignty.
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The noblest search is the search for excellence.
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The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.
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The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me.
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The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.
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The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
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There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.
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There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.
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There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to this: Deny your responsibility.
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There is but one way for a president to deal with Congress, and that is continuously, incessantly, and without interruption. If it is really going to work, the relationship has got to be almost incestuous.
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They call upon us to supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do.
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