Talk:Harry S. Truman
- 1 Unsourced
- 2 Middle initial
- 3 Public domain or fair use?
- 4 Who gets the credit
- 5 War profiteering = treason
- 6 "Never kick a cow turd on a hot day"
- 7 "Treason" comment
- 8 "Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship."
- 9 On the new deal
- 10 Unsourced
- 11 "Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction"
- I think one man is just as good as another so long as he's not a nigger or a Chinaman. Uncle Will says that the Lord made a White man from dust, a nigger from mud, then He threw up what was left and it came down a Chinaman. He does hate Chinese and Japs. So do I. It is race prejudice, I guess. But I am strongly of the opinion Negroes ought to be in Africa, Yellow men in Asia and White men in Europe and America.
- Supposedly written in a letter to his future wife Bess (1911).
Harry Truman's middle name is actually "S" so you're not supposed to put that period after his initial. Check out the WWII memorial for a real life example.
- See Wikipedia's "Truman" article and "Use Of The Period After The 'S' In Harry S. Truman's Name" at the Truman Presidential Library website for an explanation of why "S." is correct usage, and how the controversy started. — Jeff Q (talk) 00:41, 20 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Public domain or fair use?
Those quote are Public Domain or Fair Use? --Aphaia 12:17, 29 Nov 2004 (UTC)
- Which quotes are you referring to? The actual quotes listed are certainly covered by any reasonable definition of "fair use", as is pretty much every other short quote by a notable person (as opposed to book excerpts or long cinematic dialog) in Wikiquote. If you mean the website link, I don't think we need to ensure external links are fair use, although I try to remove links to sites that are obviously violating copyrights (like posted copies of books, CDs, videos, etc.). I couldn't verify this article's external link because it was generating an error when I checked. — Jeff Q (talk) 00:46, 20 Apr 2005 (UTC)
Who gets the credit
That quote: "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." is all over the web with varying attribution. I'm not sure when or where HST might have said it, but it is most likely a rephrasing of the older quotation:
"The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit."
Benjamin Jowett, 1817-1893 English Clergyman, Educator & Classicist Quoted in John Gross, The Oxford Book of Aphorisms
Found here: http://politicalquotes.org/node/38192
Dsmccoy 20:00, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
War profiteering = treason
I see everywhere that Senator Harry Truman denounced war profiteering as "treason"
From where is that quote? What is the whole text?
The Source is: Time Magazin, "Dinner Table Treason" April 6, 1942
"Never kick a cow turd on a hot day"
This is a famous quote by Harry S. Truman. He was a man of various wonders.
I don't think that Truman ever said that war profiteering was treason. In his work as chairman of the Truman Committee he was reported as having characterized the actions of at least one company (Standard Oil of New Jersey) as "treason", but this was a reference to their business dealings with Axis countries.
Yes, he absolutely did call it "Treason."
"Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship."
(Lecture at Columbia University (28 April 1959))
This being so often quoted to prove how cynical a US president can be, maybe it would be a good idea to give a bit of context. I presume the intent was to show that efficiency should not be pursued at any price.
A pointer to the lecture maybe ?
On the new deal
"I do not understand a mind which sees a gracious beneficence in spending money to slay and maim human beings in almost unimaginable numbers and deprecates the expenditure of a smaller sum to patch up the ills of mankind."
I would really, really, really like a citation for this quote. Not because it's dubious, just because it's a great quote. 188.8.131.52 05:34, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable and precise source for any quote on this list please move it to Harry S. Truman. --Antiquary 10:32, 18 April 2009 (UTC)
- If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog! --- This is from the play "Give Em Hell, Harry!" by Samuel Gallu: http://www.ralphkeyes.com/who-said-that-2/
- I do not understand a mind which sees a gracious beneficence in spending money to slay and maim human beings in almost unimaginable numbers and deprecates the expenditure of a smaller sum to patch up the ills of mankind.
- Defending the New Deal
- Never kick a fresh turd on a hot day.
- Intense feeling too often obscures the truth.
- It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
- It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
- My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference. -- This was in the book Plain Speaking: http://www.snopes.com/quotes/truman/truman.asp
- The job of the Vice President is to go to weddings and funerals.
- Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me.
- When you hear someone praying real loud, that's the time to lock up the smokehouse. -- Actual full quote: "I am by religion like everything else. I think there is more in acting than in talking. I had an uncle who said when one of his neighbors got religion strong on Sunday, he was going to lock his smokehouse on Monday. I think he was right from the little I have observed." http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/trumanpapers/fbpa/index.php?pagenumber=8&documentid=HST-FBP_1-4_01&documentVersion=both&documentYear=1911
"Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction"
I've seen this quoted a handful of times, always attributed to Harry S. Truman, but nothing reliable indicating he actually said it. Did he originate the phrase? If not, who did?