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When things haven't gone well for you,
by 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

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

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

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

 

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between
a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood
before it has broadened into a brotherhood.
- 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

This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.
- 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

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.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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

If the American people don't love me,
their descendants will.
- 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

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

This is not Johnson's war.
This is America's war.
If I drop dead tomorrow, this war will still be with you.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I want to make a policy statement.
I am unabashedly in favor of women.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Doing what's right isn't the problem.
It is knowing what's right.
- 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

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

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

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.
- 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

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

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.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
- 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

I'm the only president you've got.
- 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

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

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

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.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
- 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

Every President wants to do right.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

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.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

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

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.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance.
- 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

Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.
- 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

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

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

I believe we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

The last thing I wanted to do was to be a wartime President.
- 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

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

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


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