Lyndon B. Johnson

(Lyndon Baines Johnson)

Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Born: August 27, 1908
  • Died: January 22, 1973
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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Lyndon Baines Johnson, often referred to by his initials LBJ, was an American politician who served as the 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1969. Formerly the 37th vice president of the United States from 1961 to 1963, he assumed the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A Democrat from Texas, Johnson also served as a United States Representative and as the Majority Leader in the United States Senate. Johnson is one of only four people who have served in all four federal elected positions.

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... my link to the bomb throwers. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
... one of the most monumental laws in the entire history of American freedom. Voters, Voting & Elections
... the right thing to do, the right time to do it, the right man and the right place.
... the rights of the first Americans to remain Indians while exercising their rights as Americans. Minorities & Women
[Barry] Goldwater wants to repeal the present and veto the future. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
[Commenting on football:] To see some of our best-educated boys spending the afternoon knocking each other down, while thousands cheer them on, hardly gives a picture of a peace-loving nation. War & Peace
[Describing John F. Kennedy:] The enviably attractive nephew who sings an Irish ballad for the company and then disappears before the table-clearing and dishwashing begin. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Mississippi Senator] Jim Eastland could be standing right in the middle of the worst Mississippi flood ever known, and he'd say the niggers caused it, helped out by some Communists. Discrimination & Prejudice
[On appeasement:] If you let a bully come into 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. Diplomacy & Diplomats
[There are] some Nervous Nellies ... who will ... break ranks under the strain [of the Vietnam war]. And some will turn on their own leaders and their own country, and on our own fighting men. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
[To his then-Press Secretary:] Give me some jokes for my statement on behalf of retarded children. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
“You are a gutless son of-a bitch and you ought to resign the Presidency of the United States.” That’s about as mean as they get. Let’s use it. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
… a raggedy-assed, 4th rate, little country Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… a whippersnapper …. He never said a word of importance in the Senate and he never did a thing. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A good Congress is measured by laws that mean something to people—p-e-e-p-u-l, p-e-e-p-l-e, p-e-e-p-u-l—you know what I'm talkin' about, just plain folks. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A man can fight if he can see daylight down the road. But there ain’t no daylight in Vietnam. There’s not a bit. War & Peace
A man who can’t smell the mood of the Senate has no business being leader. Leaders & Leadership ;Congress & State Legislatures
A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A professional politician's first duty is to appeal to the forces that unite us .... It is our obligation to resolve issues—not to create them. Leaders & Leadership
A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and mask on his face. They are lawbreakers, destroyers of constitutional rights and liberties and ultimately destroyers of a free America. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
a snot-nosed kid Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Alexandria has been chosen as the first stop for one of the greatest campaigners in America, and I am very proud to announce that I am her husband. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
All the world looks to this nation for its future, for the leadership that is required at this moment. And we cannot give that leadership and we cannot offer it if we are split up in guerilla groups chewing on each other. Leaders & Leadership
Am I going to get any credit if I name him?
Ambition is an uncomfortable companion many times. He creates a discontent with present surroundings and achievements; he is never satisfied but always pressing forward to better things in the future. Restless, energetic, purposeful, it is ambition that makes of the creature a real man. Human Nature
America’s history is the history of her transportation. Transportation
An assassin's bullet has thrust upon me the awesome burden of the Presidency. I am here to say that I need the help of all Americans, in all America. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Art is a nation's most precious heritage, for it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others, the inner vision which guides us as a nation. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As long as I am your president, I am going to be president of all the people. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
As long as there are men who would hate and destroy, we must find the courage to resist War & Peace
As the House is designed to provide a reflection of the mood of the moment, the Senate is meant to reflect the continuity of the past—to preserve the delicate balance of justice between the majority’s whims and the minority’s rights. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Because, Bill, I think we’ve given the South away to the Republican party for as long as anyone can foresee. Political Parties & Machines
Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but stand there and take it. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Bobby Kennedy is pathetic as a senator. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Boys, I've just reminded Hubert that I've got his balls in my pocket. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
But I guess as long as I'm here, we might as well talk a little politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Change and growth seem to tower beyond the control and even the judgment of men. Development & Growth
Civil Rights Program is a farce and a sham – an effort to set up a police state in the guise of liberty. Regulation & Deregulation
Come on down to the speakin' tonight! Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Communism is the wave of the past, and freedom is the wave of the future. Freedom & Liberty
Compliments of your Senator, Lyndon Baines Johnson—the greatest good for the greatest number. Slogans & Mottoes
Conservation has been in eclipse in this country ever since Theodore Roosevelt’s day. It had barely gotten off the ground when Uncle Joe Cannon, the Speaker of the House in those days, issued his ultimatum: “Not 1 cent for scenery.” Well, today we are repealing Cannon’s law. We are declaring a new doctrine of conservation. Environment & Environmentalism
Dammit, I always shake hands and they love it. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Democrats legislate; Republicans investigate. Political Parties & Machines
Discrimination in voting is something that no American in his heart may justify. Voters, Voting & Elections
Do it now. Not next week. Not tomorrow. Not later this afternoon. Now. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Do you know the difference between liberals and cannibals? Cannibals only eat their enemies. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Don’t you shit me George. You and I know who has the power in Alabama. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Don't spit in the soup. We've all got to eat. Negotiating & Negotiations
Don't you shit me. Voters, Voting & Elections
Every day that I’m in office and every day I push my program, I’ll be losing part of my ability to be influential because that’s in the nature of what the President does. He uses up capital…. I want you guys to get off your asses and do everything possible to get everything in my program passed as soon as possible before the aura and the halo that surrounds me disappear. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Every senator sees a president when he looks in the mirror each morning. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Evil acts of the past are never rectified by evil acts of the present. Policy & Policy Making
Expenditures have to keep rising to keep up with the population [growth]. Bureaucracy
Extremism in the pursuit of the presidency is an unpardonable vice. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Farmers are farmers in the first place because they have the deep-seated instinct to raise crops, not to cut them back, not to leave the land unproductive.
For all I know, our navy was shooting at whales out there. War & Peace
For the first time in America's history, poverty is on the run. Poverty
Foreigners are not like the people I am used to here.
Free speech, free press, free religion, the right of free assembly, yes, the right of petition—well, they are still radical ideas. Freedom & Liberty
Freedom from the wants of the body can help fulfill the needs of the spirit. Poverty
From Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound, the first priority of the men and women who settled this vast and blessed continent was to put a roof over the heads of their family. And that priority has never, and can never, change. Housing
Frontlash Oratory, Discussion & Debate
George McGovern, why, he couldn't carry Texas even if they caught Dick Nixon fucking a Fort Worth sow. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Gerald Ford's economics is the worst thing that's happened to this country since pantyhose ruined finger-fucking. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Get that son of a bitch out of there. Take the gavel away from him! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Give me the best ideas. Forget about the politics. I’ll worry about that after we know what the best program is. Policy & Policy Making
Goldwater and his crowd tell me that they’ll forgive you for anything except being weak. Liberals & Conservatives ;Defense & National Security
Goldwater and his crowd tell me that they’ll forgive you for anything except being weak. Defense & National Security
Government is not an enemy of the people. Government is the people themselves. Democracies & Republics
Half of these people are trying to insult me by staying away and half of them are trying to insult me by coming. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Harry Truman knows I am against him on this [civil rights] program. I just don’t think Congress should try to cram his program down the throats of Southern states. Miscellaneous
He [Douglas] would understand it a little better if there were a few oil wells in Cook County . Energy ;Taxes
He [Gerald R. Ford] played too much football with his helmet off. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He can leave more dead bodies in the field with less remorse than any politician I ever knew. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He cries too much. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He is like a daddy to me. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
He’s the best man in this country. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Here are people who murdered folks who were trying to help people get a chance to vote and you’re coming up here to recognize them as members of the Democratic Party when they won’t even say that they will support the nominee… Political Parties & Machines
He's a caveman ... Mr. Eisenhower told me he wasn't a dependable man. Mr. Kennedy told me he was not a dependable man … He's got a serious mental problem. I just don't trust him on anything. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
History must only guess at the effect that television would have had during earlier conflicts over the future of the nation. Media, Journalism & The Press
Hunker down like a jackass in a hail storm and wait till the wind stops blowing. Media, Journalism & The Press
I am a Roosevelt New Dealer … John F. Kennedy was a little too conservative for me. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for and President Kennedy died for. Religion & God
I am going to use every rostrum and every forum and every searchlight that I can to tell the people of the country and their elected representatives that we can no longer afford overcrowded classrooms and half-day sessions. We just must not, we just cannot afford the great waste that comes from the neglect of a single child. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I am opposed to the anti-lynching bill because the Federal Government has no more business enacting a law against one kind of murder than another. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
I am proposing that every person over sixty-five years of age be spared the darkness of sickness without hope. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I am well aware of what three past presidents have said, but that will not be worth five cents if the people and the Congress do not support their president now.” Intergovernmental Relations
I can't deal with all her questions and also be President. Media, Journalism & The Press
I didn't just screw Ho Chi Minh. I cut his pecker off. War & Peace
I do not believe I can physically and mentally carry the responsibilities of the bomb, and the world, and the Negroes and the South and so on and so forth. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I do not believe that older Americans should be forced to live out their lives in poverty, their tiny savings destroyed by illness. Dependent upon their relatives. Feeling unwanted by their country. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
I do not believe that the Great Society is the ordered, changeless, and sterile battalion of ants. Policy & Policy Making ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
I do understand power, whatever else may be said about me. I know where to look for it and how to use it. Power
I don’t care how long it takes. I don’t care if the Senate doesn’t do one other piece of business this year. You’ve got to keep this bill on the floor. You can tell Mansfield [the Senate Majority Leader] … The President of the United States doesn’t care if this bill is there forever. We are not going to have anything else hit the floor until this bill is passed. Legislating & Legislative Process
I don’t know much about the arts, so I’m going to keep my cotton-picking hands off and let you people take care of it. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I don’t think its worth fighting for, and I don’t think we can get out. It’s the biggest damn mess. War & Peace
I don’t want American citizens killing American citizens. Discrimination & Prejudice
I don’t want carpet baggers coming into Texas to run the investigation. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I don’t want some bearded dictator ninety miles off thumbing his nose at us. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I don’t want to give any indication we’re getting involved in a war. I’m playing it down. War & Peace
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I don't believe the President of the United States should debate with anybody. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I don't care what kind of speeches you make as long as you don't vote against the appropriations. Political Parties & Machines
I don't give a piss if I get into the afternoon papers. Media, Journalism & The Press
I don't think anybody from the South will be nominated [for President] in my lifetime. If so, I don't think he will be elected. Political Parties & Machines
I don't want to argue with you Mr. Speaker. I'm just trying to give you my thoughts. Miscellaneous
I enjoy seeing the press. I learn much from reporters. In the White House press corps alone there are at least half a dozen experts already on animal husbandry.
I expect a kiss-my-ass-at-high-noon-in-Macy's-window loyalty. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
I have lost middle America. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I have one more problem for your computer. How long will take five hundred thousand angry Americans to climb that White House wall out there and lynch their President if he does something like that? Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
I have the ablest staff that ever served any President in my memory. There's not a playboy among them. They aren't sitting around drinking whiskey at 11 o'clock at night. They aren't walking around with their zippers unbuttoned. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I hear you're losing Ohio, but we're doing fine in Pennsylvania. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I just knew in my heart that it was not right for Dick Nixon to ever be the President of this country. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I knew we were going to get into this sort of a mess when we went in there. And I don’t see how we’re ever going to get out of it without fighting a major war with the Chinese. War & Peace
I look to religion as a beehive. If you leave them alone they’re going to give you tons of their honey. But if you stick your head in there, you’re going to get stung bad. Religion & God
I need to do anything I can for Charles Halleck. Now isn’t there something you can do? Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I need you more than he did. I don't expect you to love me as you did him.
I never think about politics more than 18 hours a day. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I saw our bombs as political resources for peace. Negotiating & Negotiations
I seldom think of politics more than 18 hours a day. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as president. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I thought that you guys [the CIA] had people everywhere, that you knew about everything, and now you don't even know anything about a raggedy-ass, little fourth rate country. All you have to do is get some Chinese coolies from a San Francisco laundry shop and drop them over there and use them. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I want a fair housing bill. We’ve got to end this Goddamn discrimination against Negroes. Until people, whether they’re purple, brown, black, yellow, red, green, or whatever – live together, they’ll never know they have the same hopes for their children, the same fears, troubles, woes, ambitions. Discrimination & Prejudice
I want to be progressive without getting both feet off the ground at the same time. Liberals & Conservatives
I want to get his views, and we might talk on problems over the carcass of a deer. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I want to know what he did and who he failed. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I was no longer the man whose mistake could involve the world in war. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I will do my best. That's all I can do. I ask for your help and God's. Management & Managing Government
I will not be the first American President who lost a war! Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I would never want to trade a vote for a gavel. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I’d rather be slow and right, than be fast and dead. Policy & Policy Making
I’d rather you have my pecker cut off. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I’ll be down there pressing the flesh. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I’ll give you anything including creating a new judgeship if it’s necessary for you. Legislating & Legislative Process
I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you Discrimination & Prejudice
I’m finished. Go with somebody else. Media, Journalism & The Press
I’m getting tired of all this. No more of this coup shit! War & Peace ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I’m going to passing the Civil Rights Bill and not change one word of it. I’m not going to cavil, and I’m not going to compromise. Legislating & Legislative Process
I’m new and have 110 countries to deal with and all I’ve got to deal with is a little bit of foreign aid. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I’m not going to let the Communists take this government, and they’re doing it right now. War & Peace
I’m sure there are plenty of high-level positions available for qualified women in your department. And I am sure that there are many women already on your payroll who have been waiting for promotions for a long time. So go back to your departments and see what you can do. Then report to me next Friday how many you’ve placed.
I’ve got to have somebody I can depend on—day or night, right or wrong. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If American lives must end, and American treasure be spilled, in countries we barely know, that is the price that change has demanded of conviction and of our enduring covenant. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If I get ‘em by the short and curlies, the hearts and minds will follow. Miscellaneous ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If I had been with a girl and she had been stung by a bumblebee, then they would put me in Sing Sing. Miscellaneous
If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America. Public Opinion & Polling
If the ... President has much more than a hangnail, the stock market goes crazy. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If the communists can bring together 300 million Russians and China almost a billion Chinese, we ought to be able to get together with Alabama. Voters, Voting & Elections
If we start seeing one ambassador I don’t know how we’re going to avoid seeing the other 113 …. I don’t see what mileage we get in seeing 80 African ambassadors. Diplomacy & Diplomats ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If you ever keep [Vice President] Hubert [Humphrey] waiting again, I'll kick your ass down that hall. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If you go with me on this one, 200 years from now, school will only remember the names of two great Republicans, Lincoln and Dirkson. Legislating & Legislative Process
If you protect a person's right to vote, then he'll protect himself better than you can. Voters, Voting & Elections
If you would look at my record, you would know that I’m a Roosevelt New Dealer. As a matter of fact, John F. Kennedy was a little too conservative to suit my taste. Liberals & Conservatives
If you're in politics and you can't tell when you walk into a room who's for you and who's against you, then you're in the wrong line of work. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Ike must have carried it through the Pentagon on a motorcycle Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I'm a compromiser and a maneuverer. I try to get something. That's the way our system works. Negotiating & Negotiations
I'm a fellow that likes small parties, and the Republican Party is about the size I like. Political Parties & Machines
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 [Vietnam] war. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
In a land of great wealth, families must not live in hopeless poverty. In a land rich in harvest, children just must not go hungry. In a land of healing miracles, neighbors must not suffer and die unattended. In a great land of learning and scholars, young people must be taught to read and write. Poverty
In a land of healing miracles, neighbors must not be allowed to suffer and die untended. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
In this age there can be no losers in peace and no victors in war. We must recognize the obligation to match national strength with national restraint. War & Peace
In your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It broke their virginity. Legislating & Legislative Process
It is a common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They mistake individual speeches for public policy. Democracies & Republics
It is not just Negroes but all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. Discrimination & Prejudice
It is true that a house divided against itself is a house that cannot stand. There is division in the American house now and believing this as I do, I have concluded that I should not permit the Presidency to become involved in the partisan divisions that are developing in this political year. Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It looks to me like we’re getting into another Korea …. What the hell is Vietnam worth to me? What is it worth to this country? War & Peace
It will hurt your political career, but it will help your nation.
It’s damn easy to get into a war, but damned harder to extricate yourself once you get in. War & Peace
It’s damn easy to get into a war, but damned harder to extricate yourself once you get in. War & Peace
It's gotten so that you can't screw your wife without it being spread around. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
It's not those punks in the street [left wing radicals] that worry me, it's the right wing. That's the real beast if it ever gets unleashed. Liberals & Conservatives
It's very easy to get into a war, but I don't know how you extricate from one.
I've just been elected and right now we'll have a honeymoon with Congress... I'll have a good chance to get my program through.... But after I make my recommendations, I'm going to lose the power and authority I have because that's what happened to President Woodrow Wilson, to President Roosevelt and to Truman and to Kennedy. Every day that I'm in office ... I'll be losing part of my ability to be influential.... So I want you guys to get off your asses and do everything possible to get ... my program passed as soon as possible, before the aura and halo that surround me disappear. Power
Jerry's the only man I ever knew who's so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Just because we have a button here that will put off a blast over yonder is no reason you want to put that thumb on that button. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow, saying, "His color is not mine," or "His beliefs are strange and different," in that moment he betrays America Discrimination & Prejudice
Kennedy tried to kill Castro. Castro got Kennedy first. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Law is the greatest human invention. All the rest give man mastery over his world, but law gives him mastery over himself. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Light at the end of the tunnel? We don’t even have a tunnel. These generals don’t even know where the tunnel is. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Like Ike [President Eisenhower] did. Talk economy and then spend away. Budgets & Budgeting
Lincoln was right about not fooling all the people all of the time. But the Republicans haven't given up trying. Political Parties & Machines
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. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Mr. Mayor. I've decided the best place for the '68 [Democratic] convention is Chicago! You are the one who can handle it! Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
My answer is Yes, but my judgment is No. War & Peace
My father never carried an umbrella for Chamberlain. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
My generals are always right about other people’s wars and wrong about our own. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
My intellectual Nicknames
My speech has to have some substance to it. I don’t care if we make a peace treaty or declare war or something. Otherwise, they’re going to run us out of town. Public Relations & Image
Negro poverty is not white poverty. Many of its causes and many of its cures are the same. But there are differences—deep, corrosive, obstinate differences—radiating painful roots into the community and into the family, and the nature of the individual. These differences are not racial differences. They are solely and simply the consequence of ancient brutality, past injustice, and present prejudice. Poverty
Never again are we going to have a little old lady, sick as a dog, turned away from a hospital because she has no money. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Never tell a man to go to hell unless you can send him there. Miscellaneous
Never tell a man to go to hell, unless you know how to put him there. Miscellaneous
Niggah! Niggah! Niggah! That’s all they said to me all day. Hell, there’s one thing they’d better know. If I don’t achieve anything else while I’m President, I intend to make it impossible for people to come here and shout “Niggah! Niggah! Niggah! to me and the American people. Discrimination & Prejudice
Nigger, nigger, nigger. If I don't achieve anything else while I am President, I intend to wipe that word out of the English language. Discrimination & Prejudice
No group of Christians has a greater responsibility in civil rights than Southern Baptists. Your people are part of the power structure in many communities of our land. The leaders of states, cities, and towns are In your congregations, and they sit there on your boards. Their attitudes are confirmed or changed by the sermons you preach and by the lessons you write and by the examples you set …. The cause of human rights demands prophets in our time, men of compassion and truth, unafraid of the consequences of fulfilling their faith. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No longer need capitalist and worker, farmer and clerk, city and countryside, struggle to divide our bounty. By working shoulder to shoulder, together we can increase the bounty of all. Development & Growth
No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long. Legislating & Legislative Process
No national sovereignty rules in outer space. Those who venture there go as envoys of the entire human race. Space Exploration
No one has the right to use America's rivers and America's Waterways, that belong to all the people, as a sewer. The banks of a river may belong to one man or one industry or one State, but the waters which flow between the banks should belong to all the people. Environment & Environmentalism
No way will I ever join that son-of-a-bitch. I looked it up. One out of every four presidents has died in office. I'm a gambling man, darling. This is the only chance I've got. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
No, I don't have any favorite opponent. It is not my duty to select my opposition. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Nothing is more important than to stop neutralist talk wherever we can by whatever means we can. Management & Managing Government
Now you folks come on and be happy, come on and be happy. Human Nature
Now, boys, let me tell you something. Sometimes you may see me coming out of a room in the White House with a woman. You just remember that it is none of your business. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Okay, Frank, next time you need a dam in Idaho, ask Walter Lippmann for one. Patronage & Pork Barrel
One hundred years ago the slave was freed. One hundred years later, the negro remains in bondage to the color of his skin…. The negro today asks for justice. We do not answer him—we do not answer those who lie beneath this soil—when we answer “Patience.” Justice & Injustice ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
One thousand dollars invested in salvaging an unemployable youth can return forty thousand dollars or more in his lifetime. Budgets & Budgeting
Opinion and protest are the life breath of democracy—even when it blows heavy. Public Opinion & Polling
Our enemies have always made the same mistake. In my lifetime--in depression and in war--they have awaited our defeat. Each time, from the secret places of the American heart, came forth the faith they could not see or that they could not even imagine. It brought us victory. And it will again. War & Peace
Our fate as a nation and our future as a people rest not upon one citizen but upon all citizens.
Our nation's long neglect of minorities whose skin is dark is perhaps only a little worse than our neglect of another minority whose hair is white. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Our party’s always been the place you can come to wherever there’s injustice. That’s what the Democratic Party’s for. That’s why it was born. That’s why it survives. So the poor and the downtrodden and the bended can have a place to turn. Liberals & Conservatives
Our task is to help replace ... despair with opportunity. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Out in space there is the ultimate position—from which total control of the earth may be exercised …. Our national goal and the goal of all free men must be to win and hold that position. Space Exploration
Pass this bill as the memorial to our late beloved President. Legislating & Legislative Process
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles, and it must be taken one step at a time. War & Peace
People who didn't know the depression just don't know what being poor means. Poverty
Political lobbying is like propositioning women. You get slapped a lot of times, but then you get some ‘yeses’ as well.” Lobbying & Special Interests
Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance. Poverty
Poverty is not a trait of character. It is created anew in each generation but not by heredity, by circumstances. Poverty
Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better … Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Pretty damn good speech. Now if all you had to do to run for and be president was talk, Adlai'd be the best. But it ain't. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Public confidence in the elective process is the foundation of public confidence in government. Voters, Voting & Elections
Public participation in the process of government is the essence of democracy. Democracies & Republics
Runty little bastard…just about the most dangerous person around [with a] powerful constituency. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
See him? You don’t have to see him; you can smell him. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Shit man, he's the only boy we've got out there. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Snot-nosed kid … a grandstanding little runt Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
So what you do is you just reach up there and grab that lever [in the voting booth] and say, "All the way with LBJ. Slogans & Mottoes
Somebody ought to do on article on you, on your damn profession, your 1st Amendment. Media, Journalism & The Press
Sonny boy Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Stroke ‘em as much as you can. Legislating & Legislative Process
Sure we make mistakes. But point them out and we will correct them. Let's not throw the baby out, though, with the dishes. Management & Managing Government
Tell that staff of yours that nobody ain’t going to divide us. I’ll tell mine the same. Management & Managing Government
Tell them to go and see their own land—visit the National Parks… Parks & Recreation
Telling a man to go to hell and making him go are two different propositions. Power
That is a good bill. If you can beat it, go on and beat it, but you ought to give me a fair shake. Legislating & Legislative Process
That speech was worth several divisions to Israel. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
That’s a detour. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
That’s why these kids get into so much trouble. They don’t have anything to do. Families, Children & Parenting
That's the ugliest thing I ever saw. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The age of eighteen, far more than the age of twenty-one, has been and is the age of maturity in America—and never more than now. Voters, Voting & Elections
The alcoholic suffers from a disease. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Families, Children & Parenting
The difference between being a member of the House and being a member of the Senate is the difference between chicken salad and chicken shit. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The essence of government lies with unceasing concern for the welfare and dignity and decency and innate integrity of life for every individual. Welfare
The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character. Media, Journalism & The Press
The fellow that has power is the one who uses it sparingly ... I had more power when I went into office than when I went out. Power
The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Freedom & Liberty
The Four Great Powers? Who the hell are the other two? Diplomacy & Diplomats
The fundamental, longtime American attitude has been to ask not where a person comes from but what are his personal qualities. On this basis men and women migrated from every quarter of the globe. By their hard work and their enormously varied talents they hewed a great nation out of a wilderness. By their dedication to liberty and equality they created a society reflecting man's most cherished ideas. Immigration & Emigration
The great society is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods. Miscellaneous
The greatest untapped natural resource in the United States today is woman power. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. They are necessary symbols. They protect what we cherish. But they are witnesses to human folly. Military & Veterans
The leaks can kill you. Secrecy & Transparency
The needs of the many cannot be met by the party of the few. Political Parties & Machines
The Negro fought in the war, and … he’s not gonna keep taking the shit we’re dishing out. We’re in a race with time. If we don’t act, we’re gonna have blood in the streets. Discrimination & Prejudice
The next time you or one of your fellows plans to mention civilian casualties in North Vietnam, I want you both to come down and have a drink with me before you go to testify on The Hill. War & Peace
The only difference between the Kennedy assassination and mine is that I am alive and it has been more torturous. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
The only ways to pass the Southern barriers to voting was to show a white skin Voters, Voting & Elections
The poor are fighting this war and the middle class and rich are getting deferments. We must end the graduate school draft exemption. War & Peace
The poor are little folks living on little lands who want what we already have. Poverty
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. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The presidency is worse than being in jail. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The right to vote with no ifs, ands, or buts, that's the key. When the Negroes get that, they'll have every politician, north and south, east and west, kissing their ass, begging for their support. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Russians feared Ike [Eisenhower, in Korea]. They didn't fear me [in Vietnam]. War & Peace
The statement is reprehensible….If I find out some damn fool aide did it, I’ll fire the sonuvabitch. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The two most dangerous words in the English language are not "nuclear war." They are "socialized medicine. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
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. Voters, Voting & Elections
The wall between rich and poor is a wall of glass which all can see. Poverty
The war on poverty is not a struggle simply to support people, to make them dependent on the generosity of others. It is a struggle to give people a chance. Poverty
The way to reduce pollution in Detroit is to make automobile company executives drive in non-air-conditioned cars during summer rush hours. The way to get business to join the war on poverty is to make corporate executives drive through Harlem every day instead of going home on air-conditioned trains drinking martinis. Poverty
There are many, many people who can recommend and advise, and a few of them consent, but there is only one who has been chosen by the American people to decide. Power
There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration. Management & Managing Government
There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble ... deny your responsibility. Public Relations & Image
There can be no effective solution of the Indian food problem that does not include population control. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
There is always room for understanding towards those who see the old ways crumbling. And today I say simply this: It must come. It is right that it should come. And when it does, you will find that a burden has been lifted from your shoulders too. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
There is no American right to loot stores, or to burn buildings, or to fire rifles from the rooftops. That is crime—and crime must be dealt with forcefully and swiftly, and certainly—under law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
These are the stakes. To make a world in which all of God’s children can live, or to go into the dark. We must either love each other, or we must die War & Peace
They have the Republican Party of President Eisenhower. They have the Republican Party of Senator Taft. They have the Republican Party of Senator Morse. And somewhere—way out behind the Chicago Tribune tower is—the Republican Party of Senator McCarthy with one foot heavy in Greece and the other foot in Secretary Dulles' security files. It makes bipartisanship right difficult. We Democrats need to know which one of the Republican Parties to be bipartisan with; and which one of the Republican Parties to be bipartisan against. Political Parties & Machines
They say I want power. All I want is a little love. Public Opinion & Polling
They threaten the peace of every community in which they exist …. They’re loyalty is not to the United States. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
They're all mine, son. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Think of the effect it would have if 2,000 of our best friends in the District had personal notes from you written at the rate of 25 a day for 60 days. I don’t know how you are going to find time to do all this and still take the people to lunch that I want you to take, and see the people in the evening that you must see, but I guess with your methodical planning you can work it out. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty. Poverty ;War & Peace
This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. War & Peace
This civil rights program about which you have heard so much is a farce and a sham—an effort to set up a police state in the guise of liberty. I am opposed to that program. I fought it in Congress. It is the province of the state to run its own elections. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This is a duty now. Pick up the phone and call me, particularly when your ideas differ from mine. Miscellaneous
This is probably the greatest thing that I have ever accomplished but I fear that we Democrats have lost the South for the rest of my lifetime and probably you lifetime as well. Discrimination & Prejudice
This is the most progressive Administration in the civil rights field in history, and you're going to quit over that? I want the Johnson Administration to practice what it preaches. Miscellaneous
This man Bush is just about as mean as he can be. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
This man here [Walter Lippmann] is the greatest journalist in the world, and he's a friend of mine. Media, Journalism & The Press
This story going around about the CIA … sending in folks to get Castro, It’s incredible. They have a man that was involved that was brought into the CIA, with a number of others, and instructed by the CIA and the Attorney General [then Robert F. Kennedy] to assassinate Castro after the Bay of Pigs. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Those damn stupid sailors were just shooting at flying fish. War & Peace
To be a black in a white society isn’t to stand on level and equal ground. While the races may stand side be side, whites stand on history’s mountain and blacks stand in history’s hollow. Until we overcome unequal history we cannot overcome unequal opportunity. Equality & Equal Opportunity
To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male ideas to female facts. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Today, Americans of all races stand side by side in Vietnam and Berlin. They died side by side in Korea. Surely they can work and eat and travel side by side in their own country. Discrimination & Prejudice
Unless we have the Republicans joining us and helping us … we’ll have a mutiny in this goddamned country. So we’ve got to make this an American bill and not just a Democratic bill … It doesn’t do any good to have a law like the Volstead Act if you can’t enforce it Legislating & Legislative Process
Unless we work to strengthening the family, … all the rest : schools, and playgrounds, and public assistance, and private concern, will never be enough to cut completely the circle of despair and deprivation. Families, Children & Parenting
Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
Unzip your fly. There's nothing there. John McClellan just cut it off with a razor so sharp you didn't even notice it. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Vietnam is getting worse every day. It’s like being in an airplane and having to choose between crashing the plane or jumping out. I do not have a parachute. War & Peace
Voting is the first duty of democracy. Voters, Voting & Elections
We are going to get the Civil Right Bill! Dirksen is going to come out in support…. and don’t ask me what I had to give him. Legislating & Legislative Process
We are going to put "thrift" back in the dictionary. Budgets & Budgeting
We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves. War & Peace
We aspire to nothing that belongs to others. We seek no dominion over our fellow man, but man's dominion over tyranny and misery. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
We can cut the Defense Department budget because we’ve got bombs running out of our ears. Bureaucracy
We can not, we just must not, tolerate the sway of violent men among us. We must not permit men who are filled with hatred, and careless of innocent lives, to dominate our streets and fill our homes with fear. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
We cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of government, for freedom is fragile if citizens are ignorant. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We don't base our opinions on the Gallup Poll. Public Opinion & Polling
We don't propose to sit here in our rocking chair with our hands folded and let the Communists set up any government in the Western Hemisphere. Defense & National Security
We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. We have talked for one hundred years or more. It is time now to write the next chapter, and to write it in the books of law. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come. Equality & Equal Opportunity
We just delivered the South to the Republican Party for your lifetime and mine. Equality & Equal Opportunity
We must strip away slogans such as “states’ rights.” We must attach the “wrongs” of society. Slogans & Mottoes ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
We seek ... not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and as a result. Equality & Equal Opportunity
We seek not just freedom, but opportunity … not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result. Equality & Equal Opportunity
We should outlaw all wiretapping—public and private, wherever and whenever it occurs, except when the security of the nation itself is at stake—and then only with the strictest safeguards. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
We treat old people like we treat animals—just put them in a cage somewhere until they die. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
We will have differences. Even in our own country we do not see everything alike. If we did, we would all want the same wife—and that would be a problem, wouldn't it! Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We will not rest until this war [on poverty] is won. Poverty
Weapons do not make peace; men make peace. War & Peace
Welcome to your house! Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Well, what the hell is the presidency for? Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Well, what the hell is the Presidency for? Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Well, what the hell's the presidency for? Voters, Voting & Elections
What a President says and thinks is not worth five cents unless he has the people and Congress behind him. Without the Congress I'm just a six-feet-four Texan. With the Congress I'm President of the United States in the fullest sense. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
What did you expect? I don’t know why you’re so surprised. When you put your foot on a man’s neck and hold him down for 300 years, and then you let him up, what’s he going to do? He’s going to knock your block off. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
What you learned on the streets of Brooklyn will be a damn sight more helpful to your president than anything you learned at Harvard. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Whatever your views are, we have a Constitution and we have a Bill of Rights, and we have a law of the land . Two thirds of Democrats in the Senate and three fourths of the Republicans. I signed it, and I am going to enforce it, and I am going to observe it. And I think anyone who is worthy of the high office of President is going to do the same thing. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
When a gas and oil bill comes in here, everybody says it's crooked, for the same reason they think a girl on the street after midnight is probably up to something. But for me, I don't accuse a girl until I see her doing more than walking. Corruption ;Energy
When everyone is unanimous, I wonder whether they are right…. George, at every meeting henceforth I want you to make the most cogent and articulate argument against the war and I will never stop you. War & Peace
When I represented the people of Texas I voted the way they wanted. If I should be president I would represent the people of the United States and my actions would reflect their views. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When I tell you to do something, I want it done -- and fast. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When I want your advice, I'll give it to you. Policy & Policy Making
When I was young, poverty was so common that it didn’t have a name. Policy & Policy Making
When things haven't gone well for you, call in a secretary of a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When violence strikes [riots], then those in public responsibility have an immediate ... job, not to analyze, but to end disorder. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
When you tell a fellow to go to hell, you’d better make sure that you can get him there. Power
While you're trying to save your face, you're losing your ass. Public Relations & Image
Without the Congress I am just a six-foot-four Texan. Intergovernmental Relations
Word War III is about to start and we cannot change the position on Vietnam. War & Peace
Would you rather have us be a second rate nation or should we spend a little money? Bureaucracy
You ain't learning nothing when you're talking. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
You can serve with anybody for the good of America ... You've never turned your country down. This is not me. This is your country. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
You can take my job any time you’re ready. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You cannot leave your office until you have answered every phone call from every Congressman or Senator who called you that day….Break your backside to respond fast to every request…and if you have to say no, do it gently. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, “you are free to compete with all the others”, and still justly believe that you have been completely fair. Thus it is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through the those gates. Discrimination & Prejudice
You have to be a demagogue on a lot of little things if you want to be around to have your way on the big things. Leaders & Leadership
You know, when you're milking a cow and you have all that foamy white milk in the bucket and you're just about through when all of a sudden the cow switches her tail through a pile of manure and slaps it into that foamy white milk. That's [Senator] Bill Fulbright. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You pissed on my rug. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You save my face this afternoon and I’ll save your face tomorrow. Legislating & Legislative Process
You save my face this afternoon and I’ll save your face tomorrow…. I don’t give a damn about the details …. I just want you to work it out. Legislating & Legislative Process
You’re either for civil rights or you’re not. You’re either the party of Lincoln or you’re not. By God, put up or shut up! Legislating & Legislative Process
You’re not saying “No” to me. You’re saying “No” to the presidency and to your country. Hasn’t your country been pretty good to you? Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Your actions were treasonous. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Your daddy may go down in history as having started World War III. War & Peace
Your imagination, your initiative, and your indignation will determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth. For in your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society, and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You're losing in Ohio, but, don't worry, we're winning in Pennsylvania. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You've got just one year when Congress treats you right. Then they start worrying about themselves. Intergovernmental Relations
You've got to know when to keep your mouth shut. The Senate's the cruelest judge in the world. A man's a fool to talk to other fellows about any subject unless he knows more about that subject than they do. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
A man without a vote is man without protection.
Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right.
Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.
Every President wants to do right.
Freedom is not enough. Freedom & Liberty
Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order.
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. Society ;Government
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.
I believe the destiny of your generation - and your nation - is a rendezvous with excellence.
I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam. Society
I feel like I just grabbed a big juicy worm with a right sharp hook in the middle of it.
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. Families, Children & Parenting
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.
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.
I seldom think of politics more than eighteen hours a day. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women. Women
I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help - and God's. Religion & God
I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it. Life
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. Future ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.' Morning ;History
If the American people don't love me, their descendants will. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.
I'm the only president you've got.
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. War & Peace
In our home there was always prayer - aloud, proud and unapologetic.
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.
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.
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.
It may be, it just may be, that life as we know it with its humanity is more unique than many have thought. Life
Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store.
Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time. Time
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.
Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I'm going to Viet Nam's aid! Religion & God
No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
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.
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.
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. Success
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. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time. Time ;War & Peace
Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Life ;History
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.
The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.
The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. Failure
The last thing I wanted to do was to be a wartime President.
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. Religion & God
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.
The noblest search is the search for excellence.
The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me. History
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. Religion & God
There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.
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.
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
They call upon us to supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do.
This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it.
This is not Johnson's war. This is America's war. If I drop dead tomorrow, this war will still be with you. War & Peace
To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts. Society ;Women
We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate, but there is no one else.
We have entered an age in which education is not just a luxury permitting some men an advantage over others. It has become a necessity without which a person is defenseless in this complex, industrialized society. We have truly entered the century of the educated man. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Society
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. Time ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. Society
We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.
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.
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.
When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.
When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.
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.
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.
While you're saving your face, you're losing your ass.
Whoever won't fight when the President calls him, deserves to be kicked back in his hole and kept there.
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
You aren't learning anything when you're talking. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.
You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.
You've got to work things out in the cloakroom, and when you've got them worked out, you can debate a little before you vote. Work, Workers & The Labor Force