Harry S Truman
Letter to his sister, 14 November (1947), in Off the Record (1980)
Wherever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.
A politician is a man who understands government, and it takes a politician
to run a government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead 10 or
It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression
when you lose yours.
I didn't fire him (General MacArthur) because he was a dumb son of a
bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If
it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail.
The buck stops here.
Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, © Oxford University Press 1999
On June 3, 1948, the United States Army Air Force and Douglas Aircraft Company unveiled a new presidential aircraft called the "Independence." The aircraft was designed to replace the "Sacred Cow," a DC-4. The "Independence" was a special military prototype of the DC-6 transport plane.
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