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Quotes of the Day for 8 May 2002 – Harry S Truman

Harry S Truman was born at Lamar, Missouri on this day in 1884. After high school he worked as bank clerk, but prospects were bleak and he came home to the farm. He fought in World War I, returned home, married Bess, and became a haberdasher. When that business failed he went to work for Thomas J. Pendergast, Democratic boss of Kansas City, largely to present an honest face for the corrupt party machine. He became president on the death of Franklin Roosevelt.

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The quotes:

My favorite animal is the mule. He has a lot more horse sense than a horse. He knows when to stop eating. And he knows when to stop working.

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.

Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here.

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
     - All today's quotes are from Harry S Truman, 1884 - 1972


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