57 Huey Long Quotes from ‘The Kingfish’ American Politician

Huey Long was a charismatic leader known for his social welfare projects and dictatorial rule in his state.

Despite a poor background he became a lawyer was elected to the railroad commission at 25 and later became Louisiana’s governor in 1928.

Nicknamed “Kingfish” he was loved for providing free textbooks, building roads and creating public services funded by taxing the rich and oil companies.

Huey Long Quotes

However Long ruled autocratically using threats and controlling jobs and taxes.

As a U.S. Senator he promoted his “Share-the-Wealth” program gaining amazing popularity.

He might have impacted the 1936 presidential election if not for his assassination in 1935. His family continued his political legacy.

Best Huey Long Quotes


Anybody that lets his public policies be mixed up with religious prejudice is a plain fool. ~ Huey Long.


I would rather see my laws passed than be President. ~ Huey Long.


When Fascism Comes to America, It Will Come Under the Guise of Anti-fascism. ~ Huey Long.


A man is not a dictator when he is given a commission from the people and carries it out. ~ Huey Long.


The trouble is we’ve got too many men running things in this country that think they’re smarter than the Lord. ~ Huey Long.


Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with one dish… ~ Huey Long.


I do not want the voice of people shut out. ~ Huey Long.

Whenever this admiration has gone to the left I have voted for it, and whenever it has gone to the right I have voted against it. ~ Huey Long.


I’m a dyed-in-the-wool party man. I don’t know just what party I am in right now, but I am for the party. ~ Huey Long.

A mob is coming here in six months to hang the other ninety-five of you damned scoundrels, and I’m undecided whether to stick here with you or go out and lead them. ~ Huey Long.

Quote me as saying that that Imperial bastard will never set foot in Louisiana, and that when I call him a [SOB] I am not using profanity, but am referring to the circumstances of his birth. ~ Huey Long.


I was born into politics, a wedded man with a storm for a bride. ~ Huey Long.

Everything I did, I’ve had to do with one hand, because I’ve had to fight with the other. ~ Huey Long.

Famous Huey Long Quotes


We shall have to say right here and now that the hand of imperial finance shall not go farther into its strangulation of the American people and that the hand of imperialistic banking control shall be decentralized instead of centralized in America. ~ Huey Long.

I don’t know much about Hitler. Except that last thing, about the Jews. There has never been a country that put its heel down on the Jews that ever lived afterwards. ~ Huey Long.


It ain’t enough to get the breaks. You gotta know how to use em. ~ Huey Long.

We’ve got everything our people need … Why not let all have their fill and lie down in the ease and comfort God has given us? ~ Huey Long.

Popular Huey Long Quotes

I will not participate in the Democratic victory tonight. I do not care for my share in a victory that means that the poor and the downtrodden, the blind, the helpless, the orphaned, the bleeding, the wounded, the hungry, and the distressed will be the victims. ~ Huey Long.

We ought to take care of every single one of the sick and disabled veterans…every man that wore the uniform of this country is entitled to be taken care of, and there is money enough to do it…. ~ Huey Long.

Raise all the hell you want to, print what you want to. But we’re going to have that medical school and every qualified poor boy can go. ~ Huey Long.

You will find that you cannot do without politicians. They are a necessary evil in this day and time. You may not like getting money from one source and spending it for another. But the thing for the school people to do is that if the politicians are going to steal, make them steal for the schools. ~ Huey Long.


Hard work is as overrated as monogamy. ~ Huey Long.

I’d rather violate every one of the damn conventions and see my bills passed than sit back in my office, all nice and proper, and watch’em die. ~ Huey Long.

I have never held a public office in my life during which I was not under some kind of threat of removal or impeachment from the day I went into politics until the present day. . . I have tried for about sixteen years to have it some other way, and it has never been any other way, so now I have stopped trying to have it any other way. ~ Huey Long.


I can frighten or buy ninety-nine out of every one hundred men. ~ Huey Long.

We are either going to apply the laws which were given from Heaven, or country is not going to last. ~ Huey Long.

I’ll tell you how to get rid of Longism. See that building over yonder … get some dynamite and blast that down. Then tear up the concrete roads, destroy the bridges I have built … ~ Huey Long.

Top Huey Long Quotes

You may have covered up the grave, but you have not buried the corpse very deep. ~ Huey Long.


I used to get things done by saying please. Now I dynamite ’em out of my path. ~ Huey Long.

The only difference I ever found between the Democratic leadership and the Republican leadership is that one of them is skinning you from the ankle up and the other, from the ear down. ~ Huey Long.

I would describe a demagogue as a politician who don’t keep his promises. ~ Huey Long.

A perfect democracy can come close to looking like a dictatorship, a democracy in which the people are so satisfied they have no complaint. ~ Huey Long.


Your tears in this country have lasted for generations. Give me the chance to dry the eyes of those who still weep here. ~ Huey Long.

They’ve got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side, but no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen. ~ Huey Long.

Always take the offensive – the defensive ain’t worth a damn. ~ Huey Long.

Powerful Huey Long Quotes

Whenever this administration has gone to the left I have voted for it, and whenever it has gone to the right I have voted against it. ~ Huey Long.

The trouble is, Roosevelt hasn’t taken all of my ideas; just part of them. I’m about one hundred yards ahead of him. We’re on the same road, but I’m here and he’s there. ~ Huey Long.

Now, just a word about the poor Negroes … They’re here. They’ve got to be cared for … The poor Negroes have got to live, too. ~ Huey Long.

The people of this country want relief, and they do not have to eat a whole side of beef to tell when it is tainted. They have bitten off the hoof of this situation in the United States. They know. We have given them no place to go. ~ Huey Long.


You are giving a little man a biscuit to eat, and you put a barrel of flour more taxes on top of his head to carry. ~ Huey Long.

They kept on hollering, and I simply had to put my foot down. I said, ‘I’m the governor and I say the ignorant in this state have to learn, blacks as well as whites.’ And they learned. ~ Huey Long.

The time has come for good men to rise above principle. ~ Huey Long.

Our majorities were much better when we didn’t have any patronage. I wish I didn’t have a job on earth. You give a job to one man and you make nine mad. Our support is from the poor devils in the forks of the creek … who appreciate what we have done for them. ~ Huey Long


If they got to leave, they can go to Hell and stay there. ~ Huey Long.

Profound Huey Long Quotes

The Bible’s the greatest ever book written. But I sure don’t need anybody I can buy for six bits and a chew of tobacco to explain it to me. ~ Huey Long.

I would rather see my laws passed than be President. ~ Huey Long.

In a political fight, when you’ve got nothing in favor of your side, start a row in the opposition camp. ~ Huey Long.

I’m for the poor man – all poor men, black and white, they all gotta have a chance. They gotta have a home, a job, and a decent education for their children. ‘Every man a king’ – that’s my slogan. ~ Huey Long.


I do not want the voice of people shut out. ~ Huey Long.

You sometimes fight fire with fire. The end justifies the means. I would do it some other way if there was time or if it wasn’t necessary to do it this way. ~ Huey Long.

Not a single thin dime of concentrated, bloated, pompous wealth, massed in the hands of a few people, has been raked down to relieve the masses. ~ Huey Long.

I have so many things to do and not enough time to do them. I may not live long enough to do everything I want to do. ~ Huey Long

We started them to school. They learned to read. They learned to work simple arithmetic problems. Now some of our plantation owners can’t figure the poor devils out of everything at the close of each year. ~ Huey Long.

Treat them just the same as anybody else, give them an opportunity to make a living, and to get an education. ~ Huey Long.

God told you what the trouble was. The philosophers told you what the trouble was; and when you have a country where one man owns more than 100,000 people, or a million people, and when you have a country where there are four men, as in America that have got more control over things than all the 120 million people together, you know what the trouble is. ~ Huey Long.

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