Adlai Stevenson

#6789 Adlai Stevenson

In my opinion, the State of Illinois and its local governing bodies already have enough to do without trying to control feline delinquency. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about control
#6790 Adlai Stevenson

Laws are never as effective as habits. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about law
#6791 Adlai Stevenson

The problem of cat versus bird is as old as time. If we attempt to resolve it by legislation who knows but what we may be called upon to take sides as well in the age old problems of dog versus cat, bird versus bird, or even bird versus worm. In my opinion, the State of Illinois and its local governing bodies already have enough to do without trying to control feline delinquency. For these reasons, and not because I love birds the less or cats the more, I veto and withhold my approval from Senate Bill No. 93. .

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#6792 Adlai Stevenson

The whole notion of loyalty inquisitions is a national characteristic of the police state, not of democracy. The history of Soviet Russia is a modern example of this ancient practice. I must, in good conscience, protest against any unnecessary suppression of our rights as free men. We must not burn down the house to kill the rats. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about science
#6793 Adlai Stevenson

Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about dream
#6794 Adlai Stevenson

Words calculated to catch everyone may catch no one. .

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#6795 Adlai Stevenson

What counts now is not just what we are against, but what we are for. Who leads us is less important than what leads us — what convictions, what courage, what faith — win or lose. A man doesn't save a century, or a civilization, but a militant party wedded to a principle can. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about faith
#6796 Adlai Stevenson

What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility which will enable America to remain master of her power — to walk with it in serenity and wisdom, with self-respect and the respect of all mankind... .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about wisdom
#6797 Adlai Stevenson

Let's face it. Let's talk sense to the American people. Let's tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains, that we are now on the eve of great decisions, not easy decisions, like resistance when you're attacked, but a long, patient, costly struggle which alone can assure triumph over the great enemies of man — war, poverty, and tyranny — and the assaults upon human dignity which are the most grievous consequences of each. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about truth
#6798 Adlai Stevenson

We talk a great deal about patriotism. What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility which will enable America to remain master of her power — to walk with it in serenity and wisdom, with self-respect and the respect of all mankind; a patriotism that puts country ahead of self; a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. The dedication of a lifetime — these are words that are easy to utter, but this is a mighty assignment. For it is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about life
#6799 Adlai Stevenson

True Patriotism, it seems to me, is based on tolerance and a large measure of humility. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about humility
#6800 Adlai Stevenson

The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often sinister threats to the bill of rights, to freedom of the mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak, of anti-communism. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about fear
#6801 Adlai Stevenson

The really basic thing in government is policy. Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy, but good administration can never save bad policy. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about men
#6802 Adlai Stevenson

It was always accounted a virtue in a man to love his country. With us it is now something more than a virtue. It is a necessity. When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. Men who have offered their lives for their country know that patriotism is not the fear of something; it is the love of something. .

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#6803 Adlai Stevenson

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions. But there is also, it seems to me, a moment at which democracy must prove its capacity to act. Every man has a right to be heard; but no man has the right to strangle democracy with a single set of vocal chords. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about music
#6805 Adlai Stevenson

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them. .

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#6806 Adlai Stevenson

A hungry man is not a free man. .

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#6807 Adlai Stevenson

The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end. .

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#6808 Adlai Stevenson

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. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about truth
#6809 Adlai Stevenson

We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about art
#6810 Adlai Stevenson

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. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about faith
#6811 Adlai Stevenson

In the tragic days of , the trains in Italy ran on time as never before and I am told in their way, their horrible way, that the Nazi concentration-camp system in Germany was a model of horrible efficiency. The really basic thing in government is policy. Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy, but good administration can never save bad policy. .

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#6812 Adlai Stevenson

There is no evil in the atom, only in men's souls. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about soul
#6814 Adlai Stevenson

To remember the loneliness, the fear and the insecurity of men who once had to walk alone in huge factories, beside huge machines—to realize that labor unions have meant new dignity and pride to millions of our countrymen—human companionship on the job, and music in the home—to be able to see what larger pay checks mean, not to a man as an employee, but as a husband and as a father—to know these things is to understand what American labor means. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about fear
#6815 Adlai Stevenson

In America any boy may become President, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about risk
#6816 Adlai Stevenson

Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about man
#6817 Adlai Stevenson

As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end. Democracy is a high privilege, but it is also a heavy responsibility whose shadow stalks, although you may never walk in the sun. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about responsibility
#6818 Adlai Stevenson

Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about man
#6820 Adlai Stevenson

The Republicans have a "me too" candidate running on a "yes but" platform, advised by a "has been" staff. .

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#6821 Adlai Stevenson

The early years of the United Nations have been difficult ones, but what did we expect? That peace would drift down from the skies like soft snow? That there would be no ordeal, no anguish, no testing, in this greatest of all human undertakings? .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about peace
#6822 Adlai Stevenson

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about society
#6823 Adlai Stevenson

Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about man
#6824 Adlai Stevenson

If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about knowledge
#6825 Adlai Stevenson

Any great institution or idea must suffer its pains of birth and growth. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about pain
#6827 Adlai Stevenson

The early years of the United Nations have been difficult ones, but what did we expect? That peace would drift down from the skies like soft snow? That there would be no ordeal, no anguish, no testing, in this greatest of all human undertakings? Any great institution or idea must suffer its pains of birth and growth. We will not lose faith in the United Nations. We see it as a living thing and we will work and pray for its full growth and development. We want it to become what it was intended to be — a world society of nations under law, not merely law backed by force, but law backed by justice and popular consent. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about faith
#6828 Adlai Stevenson

I believe in the infinite wisdom that envelops and embraces me and from which I take direction, purpose, strength. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about wisdom
#6829 Adlai Stevenson

I have said what I meant and meant what I said. I have not done as well as I should like to have done, but I have done my best, frankly and forthrightly; no man can do more, and you are entitled to no less. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about man
#6830 Adlai Stevenson

It is an ancient political vehicle, held together by soft soap and hunger and with front-seat drivers and back-seat drivers contradicting each other in a bedlam of voices, shouting "go right" and "go left" at the same time. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about time
#6831 Adlai Stevenson

A wise man does not try to hurry history. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about history
#6832 Adlai Stevenson

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House... .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about funny
#6833 Adlai Stevenson

What do I believe? As an American I believe in generosity, in liberty, in the rights of man. These are social and political faiths that are part of me, as they are, I suppose, part of all of us. Such beliefs are easy to express. But part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand. I am profoundly aware of the magnitude of the universe, that all is ruled by law, including my finite person. I believe in the infinite wisdom that envelops and embraces me and from which I take direction, purpose, strength. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about life
#6834 Adlai Stevenson

A wise man does not try to hurry history. Many wars have been avoided by patience and many have been precipitated by reckless haste. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about war
#6835 Adlai Stevenson

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about mind
#6836 Adlai Stevenson

I have tried to talk about the issues in this campaign... But, strangely enough, my friends, this road has been a lonely road because I never meet anybody coming the other way. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about friends
#6837 Adlai Stevenson

We live in an era of revolution — the revolution of rising expectations. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about evolution
#6838 Adlai Stevenson

Well, speaking as a Christian, I would like to say that I find the Apostleappealing and the Apostle Peale appalling. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about christian
#6839 Adlai Stevenson

The Republican party makes even its young men seem old; the Democratic Party makes even its old men seem young. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about art
#6840 Adlai Stevenson

Many of the world’s troubles are not due just to Russia or communism. They would be with us in any event because we live in an era of revolution—the revolution of rising expectations. In Asia, the masses now count for something. Tomorrow, they will count for more. And, for better or for worse, the future belongs to those who understand the hopes and fears of masses in ferment. The new nations want independence, including the inalienable able right to make their own mistakes. The people want respect—and something to eat every day. And they want something better for their children. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about hope
#6841 Adlai Stevenson

He who slings mud generally loses ground. .

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#6842 Adlai Stevenson

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind. .

Adlai Stevenson Quotes about change

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