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"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."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

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

"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."

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

"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."

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

"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."

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

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

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

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

"Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty."

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

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