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Quotes of the Day for 8 May 2004 – 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. His direct and honest approach to life serves as a stark contrast to those who have occupied or come close to the Oval Office for the last decade and a half!

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The quotes:

A good politician has had to be 75 percent ability and 25 percent actor, but I can well see the day when the reverse could be true.

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference.

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.

How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?
     - All from Harry S Truman, 1884 - 1972

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