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J. William Fulbright Quotes and Sayings

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In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
- J. William Fulbright

Related topics: Politics

The exchange program is the thing that reconciles me
to all the difficulties of political life.
- J. William Fulbright

The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to
trust our own government statements.
I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them.
- J. William Fulbright

As a conservative power, the United States has a vital
interest in upholding and expanding the reign of law
in international relations.
- J. William Fulbright

 

In the name of noble purposes men have committed unspeakable
acts of cruelty against one another.
- J. William Fulbright

The price of empire is America's soul,
and that price is too high.
- J. William Fulbright

Power confuses itself with virtue and tends also to
take itself for omnipotence.
- J. William Fulbright

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In the long course of history, having people who understand
your thought is much greater security than another submarine.
- J. William Fulbright

There has been a strong tradition in this country that
it is not the function of the military to educate the
public on political issues.
- J. William Fulbright

To be a statesman, you must first get elected.
- J. William Fulbright

The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.
- J. William Fulbright

Law is the essential foundation of stability and order
both within societies and in international relations.
- J. William Fulbright

Once imbued with the idea of a mission,
a great nation easily assumes that it has the means
as well as the duty to do God's work.
- J. William Fulbright

The Soviet Union has indeed been our greatest menace,
not so much because of what it has done,
but because of the excuses it has provided us for our failures.
- J. William Fulbright

We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do,
and we seem to do it about every 10 minutes.
- J. William Fulbright

What they fear, I think rightly, is that traditional
Vietnamese society cannot survive the American economic and cultural impact.
- J. William Fulbright

There is an inevitable divergence between the world
as it is and the world as men perceive it.
- J. William Fulbright

We are trying to remake Vietnamese society,
a task which certainly cannot be accomplished by force
and which probably cannot be accomplished by any means available to outsiders.
- J. William Fulbright

When we violate the law ourselves, whatever short-term advantage may be gained,
we are obviously encouraging others to violate the law;
we thus encourage disorder and instability and thereby
do incalculable damage to our own long-term interests.
- J. William Fulbright

The cause of our difficulties in southeast Asia is
not a deficiency of power but an excess of the wrong
kind of power which results in a feeling of impotence
when it fails to achieve its desired ends.
- J. William Fulbright

When public men indulge themselves in abuse,
when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort
to innuendo and insinuation,
to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged,
and democracy is baffled.
- J. William Fulbright

The junior senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges,
has so preyed upon the fears and hatreds and prejudices
of the American people that he has started a prairie
fire which neither he nor anyone else may be able to control.
- J. William Fulbright

I'm sure that President Johnson would never have pursued
the war in Vietnam if he'd ever had a Fulbright to Japan,
or say Bangkok, or had any feeling for what these people
are like and why they acted the way they did.
He was completely ignorant.
- J. William Fulbright

There are many respects in which America,
if it can bring itself to act with the magnanimity
and the empathy appropriate to its size and power,
can be an intelligent example to the world.
- J. William Fulbright

Insofar as international law is observed,
it provides us with stability and order and with a
means of predicting the behavior of those with whom
we have reciprocal legal obligations.
- J. William Fulbright

I do not question the power of our weapons and the
efficiency of our logistics;
I cannot say these things delight me as the y seem
to delight some of our officials,
but they are certainly impressive.
- J. William Fulbright

The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when
differences of culture and outlook are respected and
appreciated rather than feared and condemned,
when the common bond of human dignity is recognized
as the essential bond for a peaceful world.
- J. William Fulbright

There has been a tendency through the years for reason
and moderation to prevail as long as things are going
tolerably well or as long as our problems seem clear
and finite and manageable.
- J. William Fulbright

In our excessive involvement in the affairs of other countries,
we are not only living off our assets and denying our
own people the proper enjoyment of their resources;
we are also denying the world the example of a free
society enjoying its freedom to the fullest.
- J. William Fulbright

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than
half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E. B. White

Democracy is an abuse of statistics.
- Jorge Luis Borges

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
- James Russell Lowell

Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.
- H. L. Mencken

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -
it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
- Irving Kristol

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking
the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.
- Sydney J. Harris

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property,
are the rulers.
- Aristotle

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people
by the people for the people.
- Oscar Wilde

Reading builds the educated and informed electorate
so vital to our democracy.
- Brad Henry

The best argument against democracy is
a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
- Winston Churchill

When the body of the people is possessed of the supreme power,
it is called a democracy.
- Charles de Secondat

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections
are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
- Gore Vidal

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some,
are chiefly to be found in democracy,
they will be best attained when all persons alike share
in government to the utmost.
- Aristotle

Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
- Robert Byrne

A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens,
who assemble and administer the government in person.
- James Madison

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

So long as we have enough people in this country willing
to fight for their rights,
we'll be called a democracy.
- Roger Nash Baldwin

The history of our country is not the history of any
other country in the world which is either practicing
advanced democracy or struggling to lay the foundation for democracy.
- Ibrahim Babangida

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes,
our ancestors.
It is the democracy of the dead.
Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy
who merely happen to be walking around.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Speaking as a Democrat, all my life battling for what
I conceived to be Democracy,
and what I conceived to be right, I am yet an American above Democracy.
- Richard Parks Bland

My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine
democracy and serious scholarship.
These two, indeed, seem to go together.
- Woodrow Wilson

And that is my definition of democracy,
the right to be in a minority and not be suppressed.
- Lee Harvey Oswald

This is supposed to be a participatory democracy and
if we're not in there participating then the people
that will manipulate and exploit the system will step in there.
- George Takei

Democracy is hypocrisy without limitation.
- Iskander Mirza

The last two elections were stolen.
They were stolen and so we will not rest until we reclaim
our democracy and this is what today is all about.
- Barbara Lee

Nevertheless, I resist cynicism and continue to believe
in the possibilities for genuine democracy.
- William Greider

Iraq can emerge as a beacon of hope and democracy in the Middle East,
and the world, with our help.
- Chris Chocola

Saddam's ouster will not necessarily lead to the same result,
since Iraq lacks democratic traditions.
Democracy doesn't just consist of holding elections.
- Brent Scowcroft

Democracy opens new vistas and opportunities.
We should use the opportunities it offers to correct
past mistakes not to blunder anew.
- Ibrahim Babangida

Education is a human right with immense power to transform.
On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom,
democracy and sustainable human development.
- Kofi Annan

For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy
and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point -
if not a commodity -
of political groups aiming to rise to power.
- Omar Bongo

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment,
resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as
the connection we see today between human rights,
democracy and peace.
- Wangari Maathai

As you know from reading many of these Negro writers,
we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy
and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.
- Stanley Crouch

Democracy, as has been said of Christianity,
has never really been tried.
- Stuart Chase

In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up,
some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.
- Henry A. Wallace

You measure a democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents,
not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
- Abbie Hoffman

The best Governments of the World have bin composed of Monarchy,
Aristocracy, and Democracy.
- Algernon Sydney

It is not enough to merely defend democracy.
To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it.
Democracy is not property; it is an idea.
- Hubert H. Humphrey


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