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  • If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is no barking dog to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.

    Speech at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 8, 1952.
  • Self-Criticism is the secret weapon of democracy, and candor and confession are good for the political soul.

  • Some of us worship in churches, some in synagogues, some on golf courses...

    "The Political Thought of Adlai E. Stevenson" by William Robert Latimer, (p. 89), 1955.
  • A lie is an abomination unto the Lord, and a very present help in trouble.

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

    "Speeches of Adlai Stevenson" by Adlai Ewing Stevenson, (p. 39), 1952.
  • I have been told that one of the reasons the astronomers of the world cooperate is the fact that there is no one nation from which the entire sphere of the sky can be seen. Perhaps there is in that fact a parable for national statesmen, whose political horizons are all too often limited by national horizons.

  • It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming.

    Veto message in The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson, vol. 3, (pp. 73 - 74), April 23, 1949.
  • Man is a strange animal, he doesn't like to read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.

  • A wise man who stands firm is a statesman, a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.

  • [I]t is difficult to picture the great Creator conceiving of a program of one creature (which He has made) using another living creature for purposes of experimentation. There must be other, less cruel ways of obtaining knowledge.

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

    "he Fine Art of Political Wit". Book by Leon Harris, 1964.
  • Here, in the dread tribunal of last resort, valor contended against valor. Here brave men struggled and died for the right as God gave them to see the right.

  • Men may be born free; they cannot be born wise; and it is the duty of the university to make the free wise.

    "What I Think" by Adlai Ewing Stevenson, (p. 55), 1956.
  • Why is it that when political ammunition runs low, inevitably the rusty artillery of abuse is always wheeled into action?

  • The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.

    Speech in New York City, August 28, 1952.
  • Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy, but good administration can never save bad policy.

    "Speeches of Adlai Stevenson" by Adlai Ewing Stevenson, (p. 36), 1952.
  • 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.

    "Lend Me Your Ears : Great Speeches In History" by William Safire, (p. 81), 2004.
  • Eggheads, unite! You have nothing to lose but your yolks.

  • An independent is the guy who wants to take the politics out of politics.

  • Our strength lies, not alone in our proving grounds and our stockpiles, but in our ideals, our goals, and their universal appeal to all men who are struggling to breathe free.

  • Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.

  • Your public servants serve you right; indeed often they serve you better than your apathy and indifference deserve.

    "Biography/Personal Quotes".
  • A man doesn't save a century, or a civilization, but a militant party wedded to a principle can.

    "Speeches of Adlai Stevenson" by Adlai Ewing Stevenson, (p. 17), 1952.
  • Carelessness about our security is dangerous, carelessness about our freedom is also dangerous.

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Adlai Stevenson I

  • Born: October 23, 1835
  • Died: June 14, 1914
  • Occupation: Former Vice President of the United States