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An Independent is someone who wants to take the ...
by Adlai E. Stevenson

An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion,
but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

 

A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled
flow of words in an open forum.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species,
including Americans.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

Making peace is harder than making war.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection,
if it means nothing more than the freedom to stagnate.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning,
not the end.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Freedom rings where opinions clash.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Nixon is finding out there are no tails on an Eisenhower jacket.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business
service station and repair shop.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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 E. Stevenson

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

We have confused the free with the free and easy.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff,
and then print the chaff.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

I don't want to send them to jail.
I want to send them to school.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

We mean by "politics" the people's business -
the most important business there is.
- Adlai E. 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.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

In quiet places, reason abounds.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the
chaff and then prints the chaff.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

He who slings mud generally loses ground.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats,
we will stop telling the truth about them.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

The New Dealers have all left Washington to make way for the car dealers.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation
often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

Change is inevitable.
Change for the better is a full-time job.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

Journalists do not live by words alone,
although sometimes they have to eat them.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty
is for the most part incommunicable.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

After four years at the United Nations I sometimes
yearn for the peace and tranquillity of a political convention.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

A hungry man is not a free man.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

The human race has improved everything,
but the human race.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil
as those who steal from the public purse.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and
the redemption of ignorance.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

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

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

Saskatchewan is much like Texas- except it's more friendly to the United States.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Laws are never as effective as habits.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

Nature is neutral.
- Adlai E. 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 E. Stevenson

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 E. Stevenson

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.
- Adlai E. Stevenson


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