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I never trust a man unless I've got his pecker in my pocket.

Lyndon Baines Johnson

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose.

Lyndon B. Johnson

While you're saving your face you're losing your ass.

Lyndon Baines Johnson

America is not merely a nation but a nation of nations.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Gerry Ford is a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off.

Lyndon Baines Johnson

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.

Lyndon B. Johnson

I'd rather have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.

Lyndon Baines Johnson

It is the excitement of becoming - always becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting, and trying again- but always trying and always gaining...

Lyndon B. Johnson

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read "President Can't Swim".

Lyndon B. Johnson

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.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right.

Lyndon B. Johnson

The moon and other celestial bodies should be free for exploration and use by all countries. No country should be permitted to advance a claim of sovereignty.

Lyndon B. Johnson

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

Lyndon B. Johnson

Only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other is to let her have it.

Lyndon B. Johnson

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

Lyndon B. Johnson

There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.

Lyndon B. Johnson

The men who have guided the destiny of the United States have found the strength for their tasks by going to their knees. This private unity of public men and their God is an enduring source of reassurance for the people of America.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Learn from your dreams what you lack.

Lyndon B. Johnson

I report to you that our country is challenged at home and abroad: that it is our will that is being tried and not our strength; our sense of purpose and not our ability to achieve a better America.

Lyndon B. Johnson

A compassionate government keeps faith with the trust of the people and cherishes the future of their children.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Where legitimate opportunities are closed, illegitimate opportunities are seized. Whatever opens opportunity and hope will help to prevent crime and foster responsibility.

Lyndon B. Johnson

We often say how impressive power is. But I do not find it impressive at all. The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. They are necessary symbols that protect what we cherish.

Lyndon B. Johnson

The exercise of power in this century has meant for all of us in the United States not arrogance, but agony.

Lyndon B. Johnson

I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Patriotism having become one of our topicks, Johnson suddenly uttered, in a strong determined tone, an apophthegm, at which many will start: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." But let it be considered that he did not mean a real and generous love of our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak of self- interest.

Samuel Johnson
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