Quotations From LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON

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  • 1.
    If the American people don't love me, their descendants will.
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Time, p. 69 (October 14, 1974). Reflecting on his role in history.

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  • 2.
    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 Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The President Steps Down, ch. 5, p. 188, Macmillan (1970). On presidential failures.

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  • 3.
    I want to go back, like Ponce de Leon, to the Fountain.
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. The President Steps Down, ch. 6, p. 256, Macmillan (1970). Johnson wanted to teach in his retirement.
  • 4.
    I am proud to be a member of a party that opens its doors to all men—and closes its hearts to none.
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Congressional Record (House), Jan. 7, 1960, vol. 106, part 1, 86th Congress, 2nd session, GPO (1960). In support of diversity.
  • 5.
    I'm not in the speechmaking business nowadays. I'm following the advice of an old mountain woman who said: 'When I walks, I walk slowly. When I sits, I sits loosely. And when I feel a worry coming on, I just go to sleep.'
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Compassionate Samaritan, ch. 14, p. 311, Nelson-Hall (1981). Speech at retirement award ceremony.

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  • 6.
    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 Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Congressional Record (House), March 9, 1949, vol. 94, part 2, 80th Congress, 2nd session, p. 1, GPO (1948). In defense of Truman Doctrine.

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  • 7.
    Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the House, Members of the Senate, my fellow Americans, all I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today.
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Congressional Record (House), Nov. 27, 1963, vol. 109, part 17, House Document 178, p. 22838, GPO (1963). On the death of John F. Kennedy.

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  • 8.
    The world has narrowed to a neighborhood before it has broadened to brotherhood.
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Dec. 17, 1963, New York City. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson: 1963-64.

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  • 9.
    All of us realize that war requires action. What is sometimes harder for us to realize is that peace and neutrality also require action.
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Address, Armistice Day, Brenham, Texas," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (November 11, 1939).

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  • 10.
    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 Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Address, Mitchell Field, New York," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (May 9, 1964). Dedication of JFK Cultural Center.

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