Truman Quotes

Harry S. Truman Quotes

“Without a strong educational system democracy is crippled. Knowledge is not only key to power. It is the citadel of human freedom.”

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

“Keep working on a plan. Make no little plans. Make the biggest plan
you can think of and spend the rest of your life carrying it out.”

“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.”

“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.”

“For our day, and our children’s day, education must become a continuing
adventure in human understanding, shared by all.”

“If peace is to endure, education must establish the moral unity of

“The inherent dignity of man can only be exemplified through equality
of opportunity for all. In striving toward that objective we look to the
American school as a standard bearer.”

“The unfettered soul of free man offers a spiritual defense unconquered
and unconquerable.”

“To take full advantage of the increasing possibilities of nature, we
must equip ourselves with increasing knowledge.”

“We must remember that we cannot insulate our children from the uncertainties
of the world in which we live or from the impact of the problems which confront
us all. What we can do and what we must do is to equip them to meet these
problems, to do their part in the total effort, and to build up those inner
resources of character which are the main strength of the American people.”

“What may have been sufficient yesterday is not sufficient today. New
and terrible urgencies, new and terrible responsibilities, have been placed
upon education.”

“No nation can maintain a position of leadership in the world of today
unless it develops to the full its scientific and technological resources.
No government adequately meets its responsibilities unless it generously
and intelligently supports and encourages the work of science in the university,
industry and in its own laboratories.”

“I think this country is great on account of its small educational institutions,
more than anything else. In institutions such as these the teachers and professors
can give individual attention to each member of class.”

“Education is our first line of defense. In the conflict of principle
and policy which divides the world (today), America’s hope, our hope, the hope
of the world, is in education.”

“There is not really anything new, if you know what has gone before.
What is new to people is what they do not know about their history or the
history of the world.”

John Riti

I chose Truman because of the affordability and its academic reputation. I looked at other schools, both public and private, and discovered that Truman is on par academically with so many universities but for a fraction of the cost. I knew that I wanted a stellar education but didn’t want to graduate with thousands of dollars in debt, so Truman fit that mold perfectly.

John R., English Major, Communication & Film Studies Minor