Wisdom Lives in Words

Memorable Quotes by Adlai Stevenson I

A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
Adlai Stevenson I
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A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
Adlai Stevenson I
Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them.
Adlai Stevenson I
Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
Adlai Stevenson I
It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
Nixon is finding out there are no tails on an Eisenhower jacket.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
Adlai Stevenson I
Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.
Adlai Stevenson I
We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.
Adlai Stevenson I
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Adlai Stevenson I
A hungry man is not a free man.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
Man is a strange animal. He generally cannot read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.
Adlai Stevenson I
You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
Adlai Stevenson I
Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
Nature is neutral.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
I think that one of the most fundamental responsibilities is to give testimony in a court of law, to give it honestly and willingly.
Adlai Stevenson I
Freedom rings where opinions clash.
Adlai Stevenson I
The human race has improved everything, but the human race.
Adlai Stevenson I
Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
Adlai Stevenson I
The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
Making peace is harder than making war.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
Adlai Stevenson I
As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
Adlai Stevenson I
The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
Adlai Stevenson I
We have confused the free with the free and easy.
Adlai Stevenson I
There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms.
Adlai Stevenson I
It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.
Adlai Stevenson I
What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty is for the most part incommunicable.
Adlai Stevenson I
He who slings mud generally loses ground.
Adlai Stevenson I
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 I
In quiet places, reason abounds.
Adlai Stevenson I
Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
You know, you really can't beat a household commodity - the ketchup bottle on the kitchen table.
Adlai Stevenson I
Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.
Adlai Stevenson I
Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
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We mean by 'politics' the people's business - the most important business there is.
Adlai Stevenson I
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
Adlai Stevenson I
To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man - and also a nation.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
Adlai Stevenson I
After four years at the United Nations I sometimes yearn for the peace and tranquility of a political convention.
Adlai Stevenson I
Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop.
Adlai Stevenson I
Laws are never as effective as habits.
Adlai Stevenson I
I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.
Adlai Stevenson I
Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.
Adlai Stevenson I
An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Adlai Stevenson I
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.
Adlai Stevenson I
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
Adlai Stevenson I
An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.
Adlai Stevenson I
The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.
Adlai Stevenson I
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 I
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
Adlai Stevenson I
Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard.
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