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Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes

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"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."

"The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure."

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

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

"Freedom is not enough."

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

"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."
Marriage

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

"I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it."

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

"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."

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

"They call upon us to supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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 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."

"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."

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