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Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes

Type: President   |    Date of Birth: 1908-08-27   |    Year of Death: 1973   |    Nationality: American
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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

A man without a vote is man without protection.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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

A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman... They are both... lawbreakers, destroyers of constitutional rights and liberties and ultimately destroyers of a free America.
Lyndon B. Johnson

All that Hubert needs over there is a gal to answer the phone and a pencil with an eraser on it.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

Curtis Le May wants to bomb Hanoi and Haiphong. You know how he likes to go around bombing.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Every citizen will be able, in his productive years when he is earning, to insure himself against the ravages of illness in his old age.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.
Lyndon B. Johnson

For Bird, still a girl of principles, ideals and refinement - from her admirer, Lyndon.
Lyndon B. Johnson

For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Freedom is not enough.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Hell, it's just like the Alamo, and you damn well needed somebody. Well, by God, I'm going to go and thank the Lord that I've got men who want to go with me, from Secretary of Defense McNamara right on down to the littlest private who's carrying a gun.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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

I believe, with abiding conviction, that this people-nurtured by their deep faith, tutored by their hard lessons, moved by their high aspirations-have the will to meet the trials that these times impose.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I don't know what it will take out there - 500 casualties maybe, maybe 500,000. It's the aughts that scare me.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I feel like I just grabbed a big juicy worm with a right sharp hook in the middle of it.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I greet you as the shapers of American society.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I hear the headlines on the radio, see them on TV and read them in the paper. When I hear from the men out there, I sometimes don't believe they are talking about the same situation.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I never trust a man unless I've got his pecker in my pocket.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I seldom think of politics more than eighteen hours a day.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help-and God's.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I won't have you electioneering on my doorstep. Every time you get in trouble in Parliament you run over here with your shirttail hanging out.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I'm the only president you've got.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

I'm willin' for any solution-religious, political. I'm not going to keep offerin' to negotiate so much because they turn us down each time. It indicates a weakness on our part.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

If one little old general in shirt sleeves can take Saigon, think about 200 million Chinese comin' down those trails. No sir, I don't want to fight them.
Lyndon B. Johnson

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swim."
Lyndon B. Johnson

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

It is the 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 misjudge individual speeches for public policy.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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

It's probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

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

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.
Lyndon B. Johnson

The Air Force comes in every morning and says, "Bomb, bomb, bomb." And then the State Department comes in and says, "Not now, or not there, or too much, or not at all."
Lyndon B. Johnson

The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.
Lyndon B. Johnson

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.
Lyndon B. Johnson

The great society is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goods than with the quantity of their goods.
Lyndon B. Johnson

The guns and bombs, the rockets and the warships, all are symbols of human failure.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

The noblest search is the search for excellence.
Lyndon B. Johnson

The poor suffer twice at the rioter's hands. First, his destructive fury scars their neighborhood; second, the atmosphere of accommodation and consent is changed to one of hostility and resentment.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

They call upon us to supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do.
Lyndon B. Johnson

This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

We Americans know - although others appear to forget - the risk of spreading conflict. We still seek no wider war.
Lyndon B. Johnson

We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate, but there is no one else.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

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

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
Lyndon B. Johnson



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