LBJ Quotes

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  • It’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.

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  • Making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg. It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.

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F#$k your parliament and your constitution. America is an elephant. Cyprus is a flea. Greece is a flea. If these two fleas continue itching the elephant, they may just get whacked good …We pay a lot of good American dollars to the Greeks, Mr. Ambassador. If your Prime Minister gives me talk about democracy, parliament and constitution, he, his parliament and his constitution may not last long

—Comment to the Greek ambassador to Washington, Alexander Matsas, over the Cyprus issue in June 1964. Quoted in I Should Have Died (1977) by Philip Deane, pp. 113-11

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