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Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes

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"I greet you as the shapers of American society."

"Every citizen will be able, in his productive years when he is earning, to insure himself against the ravages of illness in his old age."

"It may be, it just may be, that life as we know it with its humanity is more unique than many have thought."

"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."

"For Bird, still a girl of principles, ideals and refinement - from her admirer, Lyndon."

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

"Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife."

"It's probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in."

"I hear the headlines on the radio, see them on TV and read them in the paper. When I hear from the men out there, I sometimes don't believe they are talking about the same situation."

"The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character."

"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."

"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."

"The Air Force comes in every morning and says, "Bomb, bomb, bomb." And then the State Department comes in and says, "Not now, or not there, or too much, or not at all.""

"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."

"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."

"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."

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

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

"There is but one way for a president to deal with Congress, and that is continuously, incessantly, and without interruption. If it is really going to work, the relationship has got to be almost incestuous."

"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."

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