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Adlai E. Stevenson

  • American politician
  • Born February 5, 1900
  • Died July 14, 1965

Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (; February 5, 1900 – July 14, 1965) was an American lawyer, politician, and diplomat. A member of the Democratic Party, Stevenson served in numerous positions in the federal government during the 1930s and 1940s, including the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA), Federal Alcohol Administration, Department of the Navy, and the State Department. In 1945, he served on the committee that created the United Nations, and he was a member of the initial U.S. delegations to the UN.


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.




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




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.




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.




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




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.




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.




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




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




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.




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.




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




A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.




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.




Nature is neutral.




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.




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




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




A hungry man is not a free man.




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 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.




In quiet places, reason abounds.




I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.




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




There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.




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




Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.




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.




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




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




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.




Freedom rings where opinions clash.




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




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




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



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