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Lyndon Baines Johnson

Datum narození: 27. srpen 1908
Datum úmrtí: 22. leden 1973

Lyndon Baines Johnson byl 36. prezident Spojených států amerických.

„Stane-li se člověk slavným, potkává pozoruhodně mnoho spolužáků.“

„Nechtěl bych vyměnit rozhodující hlas za poradní a už vůbec bych neměnil aktivní pozici ve vedení nejvýznamnějšího vládního orgánu na světě za místo prezidenta na částečný úvazek. “

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

„Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.“

„Ask him about the cemeteries, Dean!"

In 1966 upon being told that President Charles DeGaulle had taken France out of NATO and that all U. S. troops must be evacuated off of French soil President Lyndon Johnson mentioned to Secretary of State Dean Rusk that he should ask DeGaulle about the Americans buried in France. Dean implied in his answer that that DeGaulle should not really be asked that in the meeting at which point President Johnson then told Secretary of State Dean Rusk:

"Ask him about the cemeteries Dean!"

That made it into a Presidential Order so he had to ask President DeGaulle.

So at end of the meeting Dean did ask DeGaulle if his order to remove all U. S. troops from French soil also included the 60,000+ soldiers buried in France from World War I and World War II.

DeGaulle, embarrassed, got up and left and never answered.“

„We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.“

„The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources--because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.“

„[T]he vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.“

„A man without a vote is a man without protection.“

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

„I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.“

„President Lyndon Johnson's 10 point formula for success:
1. Learn to remember names. Inefficiency at this point may indicate that your interest is not sufficiently outgoing.
2. Be a comfortable person so there is no strain in being with you. Be an old-shoe, old-hat kind of individual.
3. Acquire the quality of relaxed easy-going so that things do not ruffle you.
4. Don't be egotistical. Guard against the impression that you know it all.
5. Cultivate the quality of being interesting so people will get something of value from their association with you.
6. Study to get the "scratchy" elements out of your personality, even those of which you may be unconscious.
7. Sincerely attempt to heal, on an honest Christian basis, every msiunderstanding you have had or now have. Drain off your grievances.
8. Practice liking people until you learn to do so genuinely.
9. Never miss an opportunity to say a word of congratulation upon anyone's achievement, or express sympathy in sorrow or disappointment.
10. Give spiritual strength to people, and they will give genuine affection to you.“

„If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.“

„Guns and bombs, rockets and warships, are all symbols of human failure.“

„Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.“

„The noblest search is the search for excellence“

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