James F. Byrnes

(James Francis Byrnes)

James F. Byrnes
James F. Byrnes
  • Born: May 2, 1882
  • Died: April 9, 1972
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









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Poverty and immorality are not synonymous. Poverty
Power intoxicates men …. The Supreme Court must be curbed. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The [Supreme] Court did not interpret the Constitution—the court amended it. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The nearest approach to immortality on earth is a government bureau. Government ;Bureaucracy
The Negro has not only come into the Democratic Party, but the Negro has come into control of the Democratic Party. Political Parties & Machines
We are ever willing to accord to others that tolerant understanding that we wish others to accord to us. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We are gong down the road to stateism. Where we will wind up, no one can tell, but if some of the new programs seriously proposed should be adopted, there is danger that the individual-whether farmer, worker, manufacturer, lawyer, or doctor-will soon he an economic slave pulling an oar in the galley of the state. Miscellaneous
We should not conduct a war of nerves to achieve strategic ends. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
What will you tell them at your impeachment? That you had a weapon that would end the war immediately and you didn’t use it? Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Freedom from militarism will give the German people the opportunity, if they will but seize it, to apply their great energies and abilities to the works of peace. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
Friendship without self-interest is one of the rare and beautiful things of life. Life ;Friendship
German militarism and Nazism have devastated twice in our generation the lands of German neighbors.
I have come to Germany to learn at first hand the problems involved in the reconstruction of Germany and to discuss with our representatives the views of the United States Government as to some of the problems confronting us. Government
I hope that the German people will never again make the mistake of believing that because the American people are peace-loving, they will sit back hoping for peace if any nation uses force or the threat of force to acquire dominion over other peoples and other governments. Hope ;War & Peace
Important as economic unification is for the recovery of Germany and of Europe, the German people must recognize that the basic cause of their suffering and distress is the war which the Nazi dictatorship brought upon the world. War & Peace
It is not in the interest of the German people or in the interest of world peace that Germany should become a pawn or a partner in a military struggle for power between the East and the West. Power ;War & Peace
It will give them the opportunity to show themselves worthy of the respect and friendship of peace-loving nations, and in time, to take an honorable place among members of the United Nations. Time ;Respect ;Friendship
Most of the victims of Nazi aggression were before the war less well off than Germany. They should not be expected by Germany to bear, unaided, the major costs of Nazi aggression. War & Peace
Power intoxicates men. It is never voluntarily surrendered. It must be taken from them. Power
Provision was also made for the distribution of Germany's foreign assets among the Allies.
That was the principle of reparations to which President Truman agreed at Potsdam. And the United States will not agree to the taking from Germany of greater reparations than was provided by the Potsdam Agreement.
The American people want peace. They have long since ceased to talk of a hard or a soft peace for Germany. War & Peace
The carrying out of the Potsdam Agreement has, however, been obstructed by the failure of the Allied Control Council to take the necessary steps to enable the German economy to function as an economic unit. Failure
The conditions which now exist in Germany make it impossible for industrial production to reach the levels which the occupying powers agreed were essential for a minimum German peacetime economy.
The German people were not denied, however, the possibility of improving their lot by hard work over the years. Industrial growth and progress were not denied them. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The working out of a balanced economy throughout Germany to provide the necessary means to pay for approved imports has not been accomplished, although that too is expressly required by the Potsdam Agreement.
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death. Life ;Death
We favor the economic unification of Germany. If complete unification cannot be secured, we shall do everything in our power to secure the maximum possible unification. Power
We have helped to organize the United Nations. We believe it will stop aggressor nations from starting wars. Because we believe it, we intend to support the United Nations organization with all the power and resources we possess. Power
We have learned that peace and well-being are indivisible and that our peace and well-being cannot be purchased at the price of peace or the well-being of any other country. War & Peace
We intend to continue our interest in the affairs of Europe and of the world.
What we want is a lasting peace. We will oppose soft measures which invite the breaking of the peace. War & Peace

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