Quote of the Day: LBJ’s Rules of Life


A few select items from Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Rules of Life:


  • Remember the CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn’t let them into the family brokerage business.
  • Never trust a man whose eyes are too close to his nose.
  • The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.
  • When things haven’t gone well for you, call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention.


These rules might be tough to follow for those of us who are not leaders of the free world, but many are just plain good sense.

(h/t Conor Friedersdorf)

2 thoughts on “Quote of the Day: LBJ’s Rules of Life

  1. Hell-Mikey

    Scenario – you’re a former US president, but you’re a private individual. Sort of a mind-meld thing, where you take on the personality and quirks and such. LBJ seems pretty attractive in that light, yes? I mean, you wouldn’t want to be friends with him, but being him, kind of cool. Lincoln seems like a good one too, but he’s too easy.

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