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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1513
AUTHOR: Harry S. Truman (1884–1972)
QUOTATION: There has been a lot of talk lately about the burdens of the Presidency. Decisions that the President has to make often affect the lives of tens of millions of people around the world, but that does not mean that they should take longer to make. Some men can make decisions and some cannot. Some men fret and delay under criticism. I used to have a saying that applies here, and I note that some people have picked it up, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
ATTRIBUTION: HARRY S. TRUMAN, Mr. Citizen, p. 229 (1960).
SUBJECTS: Presidency