Lyndon Baines Johnson Quotes

The best way to begin disarming is to begin – and the United States is ready to conclude firm agreements in these areas and to consider any other reasonable proposal. Lyndon Baines Johnson

The noblest search is the search for excellence. Lyndon Baines Johnson

All Americans must have the privileges of citizenship regardless of race. And they are going to have those privileges of citizenship regardless of race. Lyndon Baines Johnson

This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort. Lyndon Baines Johnson

Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his personal life are private. Lyndon Baines Johnson

In the Great Society, work shall be an outlet for man’s interests and desires. Each individual shall have full opportunity to use his capacities in employment which satisfies personally and contributes generally to the quality of the Nation’s life. Lyndon Baines Johnson

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 Baines Johnson

I believe that the essence of government lies with unceasing concern for the welfare and dignity and decency and innate integrity of life for every individual. Lyndon Baines Johnson

I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order. Lyndon Baines Johnson

The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents…. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community…. It is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods. Lyndon Baines Johnson

But, most of all, the Great Society is not a safe harbor, a resting place, a final objective, a finished work. It is a challenge constantly renewed, beckoning us toward a destiny where the meaning of our lives matches the marvelous products of our labor. Lyndon Baines Johnson

The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure. They are necessary symbols. They protect what we cherish. But they are witnesses to human folly. Lyndon B Johnson

A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in his hands is not fighting for civil rights any more than a Klansman with a sheet on his back and a mask on his face. Lyndon Baines Johnson