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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Who is This Guy?

He was an excellent student, but his parents couldn’t afford to send him to college.

His poor eyesight prevented him from attending West Point.

Following high school, he worked at a variety of jobs including farming, oil drilling and banking; and then joined the army.

After leaving the army he opened a haberdashery business, but it went bankrupt

So, who is this guy?

Harry S Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, celebrated for, among other things, the defeat of Nazi Germany, the founding the United Nations, the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe, and the Truman Doctrine to contain communism.

To celebrate his birthday – May 8, 1884 – here are a dozen of his quotes that resound as strongly today as when he first said them.

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.

Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything.

The reward of suffering is experience.

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.

If you can't convince them, confuse them.

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.

The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.

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

In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first.

You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now.

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.


NOTE: Here is an interesting bit of trivia about Harry S Truman that you might not know: His middle initial “S” did not stand for anything!
In his autobiography, Truman stated, "I was named for ... Harrison Young. I was given the diminutive Harry and, so that I could have two initials in my given name, the letter S was added. My Grandfather Truman's name was Anderson Shippe [sometimes also spelled 'Shipp'] Truman and my Grandfather Young's name was Solomon Young, so I received the S for both of them."

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