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“He’s [Gerald Ford] a nice guy but he played too much football with his helmet off.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
“As long as you are black, and you’re gonna be black till the day you die, no one’s gonna call you by your goddamn name. So no matter what you are called, nigger, you just let it roll off your back like water, and you’ll make it. Just pretend you’re a goddamn piece of furniture. [Said to his chauffeur, Robert Parker, when Parker said he’d prefer to be referred to by his name rather than "boy," "nigger" or "chief."]”
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“Negro poverty is not white poverty. Many of its causes and many of its cures are the same. But there are differences - deep, corrosive, obstinate differences - radiating painful roots into the community and into the family, and the nature of the individual. These differences are not racial differences. They are solely and simply the consequence of ancient brutality, past injustice, and present prejudice.”
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“You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right.”
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“Let's face it. Our ass is in a crack. We're gonna have to let this nigger bill pass. [Said to Senator John Stennis (D-MS) during debate on the Civil Rights Act of 1957]”
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“We must not only protect the country side and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities ... Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.”
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“Son, when I appoint a nigger to the bench, I want everybody to know he’s a nigger. [Said to an aide in 1965 regarding the appointment of Thurgood Marshall as associate justice of the Supreme Court]”
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“There’s America, there’s the South, and then there’s Mississippi.”
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“I'll have them niggers voting Democratic for the next two hundred years. [Said to two governors regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to then-Air Force One steward Robert MacMillan]”
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“This is the next and the more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity. We seek not just legal equity but human ability, not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
“Better to have your enemies inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
“As long as you are black, and you’re gonna be black till the day you die, no one’s gonna call you by your goddamn name. So no matter what you are called, nigger, you just let it roll off your back like water, and you’ll make it. Just pretend you’re a goddamn piece of furniture.[To hi chauffer Robert Parker, when Parker said he’d prefer to be referred to by his name rather than "boy," "nigger" or "chief."]”
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“I'm going to have to bring up the nigger bill again. [Said to a southern U.S. Senator upon the occasion of the Republicans re-introducing the Civil Right Act of 1957, according to LBJ's Special Counsel Harry McPherson.]”
Lyndon B. Johnson
“People do not come out to vote for a United States Senator. They come out to vote for the Sheriff or the County Commissioner.”
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“He wouldn't know how to pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were printed on the heel.”
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“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 version which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Lyndon Johnson
“Power is where power goes.”
Lyndon B. Johnson
“Already a congressman, to a mentor "I hope sometime you run across something you think I can do well 24 hours per day.”
Lyndon B. Johnson

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