Adlai Stevenson I Quotes

  • On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.

  • There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms.

  • It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.

  • 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.

  • Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them.

  • To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man - and also a nation.

  • Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.

  • An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics.

  • Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.

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

  • In quiet places, reason abounds.

  • He who slings mud generally loses ground.

  • 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.

  • If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

  • Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.

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

  • The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.

  • 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.

  • Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.

  • 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.

  • The human race has improved everything, but the human race.

  • Making peace is harder than making war.

  • Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.

  • Laws are never as effective as habits.

  • We mean by 'politics' the people's business - the most important business there is.

  • We have confused the free with the free and easy.

  • I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.

  • Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction.

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

  • Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.

  • Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop.

  • 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.

  • What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty is for the most part incommunicable.

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

  • That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.

  • A hungry man is not a free man.

  • Freedom rings where opinions clash.

  • All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.

  • Nixon is finding out there are no tails on an Eisenhower jacket.

  • 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.

  • Man is a strange animal. He generally cannot read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.

  • Nature is neutral.

  • It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.

  • Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard.

  • 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.

  • You know, you really can't beat a household commodity - the ketchup bottle on the kitchen table.

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

  • 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.

  • After four years at the United Nations I sometimes yearn for the peace and tranquility of a political convention.

  • I think that one of the most fundamental responsibilities is to give testimony in a court of law, to give it honestly and willingly.

  • You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.

  • As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.

  • 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.

  • A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.

  • An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.