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156 Famous Laydon B. Johnson Quotes

Laydon B. Johnson Quotes

Here we’ve compiled a list of 156 best and famous quotes by Laydon B. Johnson about learning, education, peace, nation, and America.

The 36th president of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908 – 1973), often called LBJ, acceded to the presidency upon the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Johnson is an honorable personality of the United States as he did many notable works for nation and country.

 LBJ was an active personality with a Democratic mindset who signed the Civil Rights Act (1964). Besides, he expanded the involvement of Americans in the Vietnam War despite significant opposition.

He is the one who gave his services to all elected offices at the federal level. Johnson proposed the domestic policy to cover civil rights, medical field, education, arts, and development of all parts of the State and related it to the term “Great Society.”

Let’s dive into these fascinating 156 best quotes by Laydon B Johnson; we hope you’ll also enjoy reading, so scroll down!

156 Best Quotes of Laydon B. Johnson

  1. “The noblest search is the search for excellence.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  2. “Never miss an opportunity to say a word of congratulation upon anyone’s achievement.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  3. “Today, our problem is not making miracles but managing them.”
  4. “We must change to master change.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  5. “Of those to whom much is given, much is asked.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  6. “I’d rather give my life than be afraid to give it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  7. “Any man who’s not willing to take half a loaf in a negotiation, well, that man never went to bed hungry.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  8. “Power is where power goes.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  9. “Evil acts of the past are never rectified by evil acts of the present.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  10. “Men who have worked together to reach the stars are not likely to descend together into the depths of war and desolation.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  11. “Every citizen, regardless of his race, creed, or color, is entitled to equal justice.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  12. “When I was a boy, we didn’t wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  13. “Every gift contains a danger. Whatever gift we have, we are compelled to express. And if the expression of that gift is blocked, distorted, or merely allowed to languish, then the gift turns against us, and we suffer.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  14. “No member of our generation who wasn’t a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  15. “I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  16. “Conservation is ethically sound. It is rooted in our love of the land, our respect for the rights of others, our devotion to the rule of law.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  17. “When the family collapses, it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale, the community itself is crippled.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  18. “The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  19. “It is the excitement of becoming – always becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting, and trying again- but always trying and always gaining.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  20. “All that Hubert needs over there is a gal to answer the phone and a pencil with an eraser on it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  21. “Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  22. “If we must disagree, let’s disagree without being disagreeable.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  23. Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  24. “The guns and the bombs, the rockets, and the warships are all symbols of human failure.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  25. “We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate, but there is no one else.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  26. “Effective law enforcement and social justice must be pursued together, as the foundation of our efforts against crime.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  27. “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
  28. “The family is the cornerstone of our society.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  29.  “If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  30. “The test before us as a people is not whether our commitments match our will and our courage, but whether we have the will and courage to match our commitments.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  31. “All I have, I would have given gladly not to be standing here today.”
  32. “True poverty does not come from God.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  33. “What convinces is conviction.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  34. “I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help – and God’s.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  35. “Doing what’s right isn’t the problem. It is knowing what’s right.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  36. “If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  37.  “The crotch, down where your nuts hang, is always a little too tight.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  38. “We come to reason, not to dominate. We do not seek to have our way but to find a common way.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  39. “If you have a mother-in-law with only one eye and she, has it in the center of her forehead, don’t keep her in the living room.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  40. “We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  41. “Life is never easy. There is work to be done and obligations to be met – obligations to truth, to justice, and to liberty.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  42. “The poor suffer twice at the rioter’s hands. First, his destructive fury scars their neighborhood; second, the atmosphere of accommodation and consent is changed to one of hostility and resentment.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  43. “We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  44. “If we quit Vietnam, tomorrow we’ll be fighting in Hawaii, and next week we’ll have to fight in San Francisco.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  45. “Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  46. “Success only feeds the appetite of aggression.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  47. “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  48. “I feel like I just grabbed a big juicy worm with a right sharp hook in the middle of it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  49. “There are no problems we cannot solve together and very few that we can solve by ourselves.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  50. “Nothing comes free. Nothing. Not even good, especially not good.”
  51. “Come now. let us reason together.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  52. “Reporters are like puppets. They simply respond to the pull of the most powerful strings.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  53. “Light at the end of the tunnel? We don’t even have a tunnel; we don’t even know where the tunnel is.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  54. “There are two kinds of speeches: the Mother Hubbard speech, which, like the garment, covers everything but touches nothing, and the French bathing suit speech, which covers only the essential points.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  55. “I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best-colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  56. “Doing the right thing is not the problem. Knowing what the right thing is, that’s the challenge.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

Laydon B. Johnson Quotes About Learning

  1. “If you’re not listening, you’re not learning.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  2. “You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  3. “I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  4. “To sustain an environment suitable for man, we must fight on a thousand battlegrounds. Despite all of our wealth and knowledge, we cannot create a redwood forest, a wild river, or a gleaming seashore.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  5. “Poverty must not be a bar to learning, and learning must offer an escape from poverty.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  6. “I know – from personal experience – that abiding values and abundant visions are learned in the homes of our people.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

Laydon B. Johnson Quotes on Education

  1. “Until justice is blind to color until education is unaware of race until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men’s skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  2. “Education will not cure all the problems of society, but without it, no cure for any problem is possible.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  3. “The experts spent a great deal of time and study working out a formula which would be fair to every State and fair to every county and fair to every child, and would put the education dollar where that dollar is needed most, now.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  4. “The classroom – not the trench – is the frontier of freedom now and forevermore.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  5. “It is a truism that education is no longer a luxury. Education in this day and age is a necessity.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  6. “The job, of course, will never be finished. For a nation, as for an individual, education is a perpetually unfinished journey, a continuing process of discovery.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  7.  “We believe, that is, you and I, that education is not an expense. We believe it is an investment.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  8. “Education is the key to opportunity in our society, and the equality of educational opportunity must be the birthright of every citizen.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  9. “Poverty has many roots, but the taproot is ignorance.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  10. “Books and ideas are the most effective weapons against intolerance and ignorance.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  11.  “For the primary and secondary school years, we will aid public schools serving low-income families and assist students in both public and private schools.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  12. “Once we considered education a public expense, we know now that it is a public investment.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  13. “Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  14. “At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems – the answer for all the problems of the world – come to a single word. That word is education.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  15. “For the college years, we will provide scholarships to high school students of the greatest promise and greatest need and guarantee low-interest loans to students continuing their college studies.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  16. “New laboratories and centers will help our schools lift their standards of excellence and explore new methods of teaching. These centers will provide special training for those who need and deserve special treatment.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  17. “Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sake – but for the nation’s sake.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  18. “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

Laydon B. Johnson Quotes on Peace

  1. “Peace is a journey of a thousand miles, and it must be taken one step at a time.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  2. “If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  3. “The thing I would like to do most is to find somehow to bring peace to the world. It has eluded me.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  4. “As we maintain the vigil of peace, we must remember that justice is a vigil, too-a vigil we must keep in our own streets and schools and among the lives of all our people-so that those who died here on their native soil shall not have died in vain.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  5. “Peace does not come just because we wish for it. Peace must be fought for. It must be built stone by stone.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

Laydon B Johnson Quotes About Nation

  1. “Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  2. “Voting is the first duty of democracy.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  3. “Control of space means control of the world.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  4. “This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  5. “A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  6. “It’s the price of leadership to do the thing you believe has to be done at the time it must be done.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  7. “We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  8. “Let no one ever think for a moment that national debate means national division.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  9. “In a nation of millions and a world of billions, the individual is still the first and basic agent of change.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  10. “The great society is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goods than with the quantity of their goods.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  11.  “A compassionate government keeps faith with the trust of the people and cherishes the future of their children. Through compassion for the plight of one individual, government fulfills its purpose as the servant of all the people.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  12. “The atomic bomb certainly is the most powerful of all weapons, but it is conclusively powerful and effective only in the hands of the nation which controls the sky.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  13. “Republicans simply don’t know how to manage the economy.”
  14. “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
  15. “If government is to serve any purpose, it is to do for others what they are unable to do for themselves.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  16.  “This nation, this generation, in this hour has man’s first chance to build a Great Society, a place where the meaning of man’s life matches the marvels of man’s labor.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  17.  “The 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.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  18. “The best fertilizer for a piece of land is the footprints of its owner.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  19. “The land flourished because it was fed from so many sources – because it was nourished by so many cultures and traditions and peoples.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  20. “At times, history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man’s unending search for freedom.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  21. “Every citizen will be able, in his productive years when he is earning, to insure himself against the ravages of illness in his old age.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  22. “One hundred years ago, the slave was freed. One hundred years later, the Negro remains in bondage to the color of his skin.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  23. “The hungry world cannot be fed until and unless the growth of its resources and the growth of its population come into balance. Each man and woman-and each nation-must make decisions of conscience and policy in the face of this great problem.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  24. “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
  25.  “Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better or can turn history around for the good.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  26.  “The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  27. “No national sovereignty rules in outer space. Those who venture there go as envoys of the entire human race. Their quest, therefore, must be for all mankind, and what they find should belong to all mankind.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  28. “To hunger for use and to go unused is the worst hunger of all.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  29. “There’s something special for everyone to do. Remember, no experience is a bad experience unless you gain nothing from it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  30. “Throughout my entire public career, I have followed the personal philosophy that I am a free man, an American, a public servant, and a member of my party, in that order always and only.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  31. “I am a compromiser and maneuverer. I try to get something. That’s the way our system works.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  32. “A man without a vote is man without protection.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  33. “Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences and make our nation whole.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  34. “I’m the only president you’ve got.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  35. “A clear stream, a long horizon, a forest wilderness, and open sky – these are man’s most ancient possessions. In a modern society, they are his most priceless.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  36. “War is always the same. It is young men dying in the fullness of their promise. It is trying to kill a man that you do not even know well enough to hate. Therefore, to know war is to know that there is still madness in the world.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  37. “I hear the headlines on the radio, see them on TV, and read them in the paper. When I hear from the men out there, I sometimes don’t believe they are talking about the same situation.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  38. “If we become two people-the suburban affluent and the urban poor, each filled with mistrust and fear of the other-then we shall effectively cripple each generation to come.”— Lyndon B. Johnson
  39. “Not merely a nation but a nation of nations.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  40.  “The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was, and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

Laydon B Johnson Quotes About America

  1. “Above the pyramid on the great seal of the United States, it says in Latin: “God has favored our undertaking.” God will not favor everything that we do. It is rather our duty to divine His will.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  2. “When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  3. “I’m tired. I’m tired of feeling rejected by the American people. I’m tired of waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the war.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  4. “So, I would appeal to my fellow Americans by saying, the only real road to progress for free people is through the process of law, and that is the road that America will travel.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  5. “America has not always been kind to its artists and scholars. Somehow the scientists always seem to get the penthouse while the arts and humanities get the basement.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  6. “The American West is just arriving at the threshold of its greatness and growth. Where the West of yesterday is glamorized in our fiction, the future of the American West now is both fabulous and factual.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  7. “In the years since then, those four freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear – have stood as a summary of our aspirations for the American Republic and for the world.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  8. “This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  9. “We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  10.  “This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  11. “For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  12. “Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  13. “Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow, saying, ‘His color is not mine,’ or ‘His beliefs are strange and different,’ in that moment he betrays America, though his forebears created this nation.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  14. “Every American citizen must have an equal right to vote. There is no reason which can excuse the denial of that right. There is no duty which weighs more heavily on us than the duty we have to ensure that right.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  15. “Democrats legislate; Republicans investigate.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  16. “If we fail now, then we will have forgotten in abundance what we learned in hardship: that democracy rests on faith; freedom asks more than it gives, and the judgment of God is harshest on those who are most favored.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  17. “The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  18. “I will not seek, and I will not accept the nomination of my party for another term as your president.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  19.  “We can and should have an abundance of trails for walking, cycling, and horseback riding, in and close to our cities. In the backcountry, we need to copy the great Appalachian Trail in all parts of America.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  20.  “The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  21. “It is always a strain when people are being killed. I don’t think anybody has held this job who hasn’t felt personally responsible for those being killed.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  22. “We don’t propose to sit here in our rocking chair with our hands folded and let the Communists set up any government in the Western Hemisphere.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  23. “We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter – and to write it in the books of law.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  24.  “This is not a jungle war, but a struggle for freedom on every front of human activity.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  25. “I believe in the American tradition of separation of church and state, which is expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. By my office – and by personal conviction – I am sworn to uphold that tradition.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  26. “I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  27. “We preach the virtues of democracy abroad. We must practice its duties here at home. Voting is the first duty of democracy.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  28. “They call upon us to supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  29.  “Lincoln was right about not fooling all the people all the time. But Republicans haven’t given up trying.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  30. “Law is the great civilizing machinery. It liberates the desire to build and subdues the desire to destroy.” — Lyndon B. Johnson
  31. “If there is one word that describes our form of society in America, it may be the word-voluntary.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

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