Harry Hopkins

(Harry Lloyd Hopkins)

Harry Hopkins
Harry Hopkins
  • Born: August 17, 1890
  • Died: January 29, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Diplomat









Harry Lloyd Hopkins was an American social worker, the 8th Secretary of Commerce, and one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's closest advisors. He was one of the architects of the New Deal, especially the relief programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which he directed and built into the largest employer in the country. In World War II, he was Roosevelt's chief diplomatic adviser and troubleshooter.

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A public letter of resignation is almost a vulgar institution. Miscellaneous
Dumb people criticize something they do not understand. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Every public official concerned with administering public funds owes it to all our citizens to be prepared at any time to account to the last penny of the public money placed in his hands. Budgets & Budgeting
Get the money out fast and do it honestly. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Hitler does not wait for congress. Legislating & Legislative Process
Hunger is not debatable. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I believe our economic life based on a profit motive is the most effective economy known to assure the well being of all. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
I don’t want any Senator coming in here and seeing me in a luxurious setting when I am asking for millions of dollars to help the unemployed. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I have great difficulty in finding a good reason for telling boys eighteen years old they should not go in the Army. I presume this is because I think there is nothing more important in the world than to win this war [World War II], because if we don't win it there won't be any schools to go to. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I pretend to be a gentleman, and, when the other fellow finds out, it is too late. Management & Managing Government
I thought at first I could be completely non-political. Then they told me I had to be part non-political and part political. I found that it was impossible, at least for me. I finally realized there was nothing for it but to be all-political. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I want this play and others like it to play in all parts of the country. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I will not last 6 months in this town because I am going to say what I damn well please. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I'm not going to last six months here, so I'll do as I please. Management & Managing Government
Mr. Churchill, I don’t give a damn about your cottages. I have come over here to see how I help you beat this fellow Hitler. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Much of what we're going to try will not work, and much of what does work will do so for unanticipated reasons. Policy & Policy Making
Our Russian policy must not be dictated by people who have already made up their minds there is no possibility of working with the Russians and that our interests are bound to conflict and ultimately lead to war. From my point of view, this is an untenable position and can but lead to disaster. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
People don't eat in the long run. They eat every day. Poverty
The new frontier is idle men, money and machines, and all the resourcefulness, ingenuity and courage that reside in twelve or thirteen million unemployed men is helpless to take up this new frontier without tremendous organization of productive forces such as only government can supply when business is in the doldrums. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The public is too damned dumb to understand. Foreign Trade
The unemployed want to work. They are not chiselers. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There are the talkers and there are the doers. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
This expanded relief will not just mean a diet of salt pork and beans. We will give them a balanced diet. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Those of us who get a chance, and many of us will, should and will be motivated to serve America well. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
We are the worst propagandists in the world, and you are the next worst. Why not consult someone better? Public Relations & Image
We went over the organization of the work program. More charts in pencil—he loves charts—no two of them are ever the same which is a bit baffling at times. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We will spend and spend, and tax and tax, and elect and elect. Taxes
Well they are all working but don’t ask me what they are doing. Management & Managing Government
We've got to get everything we want—a works program, social security, wages and hours, everything—now or never. Legislating & Legislative Process ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Whither thou goist, I will go … even to the end. War & Peace
You will!! Taxes
They are damn good projects - excellent projects. That goes for all the projects up there. You know some people make fun of people who speak a foreign language, and dumb people criticize something they do not understand, and that is what is going on up there - God damn it! Religion & God
We shall tax and tax, and spend and spend, and elect and elect.