Adlai E. Stevenson Quotes
A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
A hungry man is not a free man.
A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
After four years at the United Nations I sometimes yearn for the peace and tranquillity of a political convention.
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.
An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics.
As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity – in short, of tyranny – and it is committed to making tyranny universal.
Do you know the difference between a beautiful woman and a charming one? A beauty is a woman you notice, a charmer is one who notices you.
Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.
Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale.
For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than the freedom to stagnate.
Freedom rings where opinions clash.
He who slings mud generally loses ground.
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
I believe that if we really want human brotherhood to spread and increase until it makes life safe and sane, we must also be certain that there is no one true faith or path by which it may spread.
I don’t want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.
I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends… that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
I have tried to talk about the issues in this campaign… and this has sometimes been a lonely road, because I never meet anybody coming the other way.
I think that one of the most fundamental responsibilities is to give testimony in a court of law, to give it honestly and willingly.
I’m not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard.
In America any boy may become President and I suppose it’s just one of the risks he takes.
In quiet places, reason abounds.
It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.
It will be helpful in our mutual objective to allow every man in America to look his neighbor in the face and see a man-not a color.
It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them.
Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop.
Laws are never as effective as habits.
Making peace is harder than making war.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Man is a strange animal. He generally cannot read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.
My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
Nature is neutral.
Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.
Nixon is finding out there are no tails on an Eisenhower jacket.
Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.
On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.
On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.
Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
Saskatchewan is much like Texas- except it’s more friendly to the United States.
Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
The best reason I can think of for not running for President of the United States is that you have to shave twice a day.
The definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
The human race has improved everything, but the human race.
The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal – that you can gather votes like box tops – is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.
The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small.
The New Dealers have all left Washington to make way for the car dealers.
The relationship of the toastmaster to speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.
The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations – great or small – to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century.
There is a spiritual hunger in the world today – and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms.
There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man – and also a nation.
We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.
We have confused the free with the free and easy.
We mean by “politics” the people’s business – the most important business there is.
We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments.
We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it’s vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it’s security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty is for the most part incommunicable.
You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
You know, you really can’t beat a household commodity – the ketchup bottle on the kitchen table.
Your days are short here; this is the last of your springs. And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place, touch the depths of truth, feel the hem of Heaven. You will go away with old, good friends. And don’t forget when you leave why you came.