Adlai Stevenson

(Adlai Ewing Stevenson II | Adlai E. Stevenson)

Adlai Stevenson
Adlai Stevenson
  • Born: February 5, 1900
  • Died: July 14, 1965
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician, Diplomat

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Adlai Ewing Stevenson II an American politician and diplomat, noted for his intellectual demeanor, eloquent public speaking, and promotion of progressive causes in the Democratic Party. He served as the 31st Governor of Illinois, and received the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 1952 even though he had not campaigned in the primaries. John Frederick Martin says party leaders selected him because he was "more moderate on civil rights than Estes Kefauver, yet nonetheless acceptable to labor and urban machines—so a coalition of southern, urban, and labor leaders fell in behind his candidacy in Chicago."

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A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular. Freedom & Liberty
A political campaign should be an education for both the voters and the candidates. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics Political Parties & Machines
And distasteful as this matter is, I must say bluntly that every piece of scientific evidence we have, every lesson of history and experience, indicates that a Republican victory tomorrow would mean that Richard Nixon would probably be president of this country within the next four years…. I say frankly, as a citizen more than a candidate, that I recoil at the prospect of Mr. Nixon as custodian of this nation’s future Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Every man has a right to be heard; but no man has the right to strangle democracy with a single set of vocal cords. Democracies & Republics ;Freedom & Liberty
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set. Freedom & Liberty
I personally am deeply distressed that there has been so much talk about religion in this campaign …. Religion & God
I say frankly, as a citizen more than a candidate, that I recoil at the prospect of Mr. Nixon as custodian of this nation’s future, as guardian of the hydrogen bomb, as representative of America in the world, as commander in chief of the United States armed forces. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
It would take weeks, perhaps months of negotiations to get the missiles out of Cuba. Negotiating & Negotiations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree and then mount the stump to make a speech for conservation. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Now every time I start to put a word on paper, I’ll wonder whether it’s an expensive $10 word, or a little, unimportant word like ‘is’ or ‘and’ that only costs $1.75. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Our nation stands at a fork in the political road. In one direction lies a land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen, the anonymous phone call and hustling, pushing, shoving; the land of smash and grab and anything to win. This is Nixonland. America is something different. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand. Religion & God
The hardest thing about a presidential election is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The men who run the Eisenhower Administration evidently believe that the minds of Americans can be manipulated by shows, slogans and the arts of advertising … The men who run the Eisenhower Administration evidently believe that the minds of Americans can be manipulated by shows, slogans and the arts of advertising Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The men who run the Eisenhower Administration evidently believe that the minds of Americans can be manipulated by shows, slogans and the arts of advertising. This 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 Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions. Freedom & Liberty
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 be a part of the twentieth century. United Nations
We mean by "politics" the people's business -- the most important business there is. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We’ve reformed our representative democracy into the past. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
What other single human being has touched and transformed the existence of so many? She walked in the slums and ghettos of the world, not on a tour of inspection, but as one who could not feel contentment when others were hungry Miscellaneous
You roll back the stones and you find the slithering things of the world of Richard Nixon. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Your public servants serve you right. Voters, Voting & Elections
A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House. Humor
A hungry man is not a free man. Freedom & Liberty
A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
After four years at the United Nations I sometimes yearn for the peace and tranquility of a political convention. War & Peace
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.
As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
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. Death
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.
Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be. Time
Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
Freedom rings where opinions clash. Freedom & Liberty
He who slings mud generally loses ground.
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
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. Life ;Religion & God
I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.
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. Truth ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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.
I think that one of the most fundamental responsibilities is to give testimony in a court of law, to give it honestly and willingly.
I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. Truth
If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. Truth
Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard.
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In America any boy may become President, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes.
In quiet places, reason abounds.
It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts. Life
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.
It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse. Humor
Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them.
Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop. Business, Commerce & Finance
Laws are never as effective as habits.
Making peace is harder than making war. War & Peace
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Man is a strange animal. He generally cannot read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans. Nature
Nature is neutral. Nature
Newspaper editors are men who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then print the chaff.
Nixon is finding out there are no tails on an Eisenhower jacket.
Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.
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.
On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.
Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Citizenship & Patriotism
Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age. War & Peace
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. Religion & God ;Government
Saskatchewan is much like Texas - except it's more friendly to the United States.
Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
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.
The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum. Society
The human race has improved everything, but the human race.
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. War & Peace ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The New Dealers have all left Washington to make way for the car dealers.
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 Republicans have a me too candidate running on a yes but platform, advised by a has been staff.
The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end. Time
There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms.
There is no evil in the atom; only in men's souls.
There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man - and also a nation.
To me, there is something superbly symbolic in the fact that an astronaut, sent up as assistant to a series of computers, found that he worked more accurately and more intelligently than they. Inside the capsule, man is still in charge. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present. Future
We cannot be any stronger in our foreign policy for all the bombs and guns we may heap up in our arsenals than we are in the spirit which rules inside the country. Foreign policy, like a river, cannot rise above its source.
We have confused the free with the free and easy.
We live in an era of revolution, the revolution of rising expectations.
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. Equality & Equal Opportunity
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Travel ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty is for the most part incommunicable.
With the supermarket as our temple and the singing commercial as our litany, are we likely to fire the world with an irresistible vision of America's exalted purpose and inspiring way of life? Life
You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
You know, you really can't beat a household commodity - the ketchup bottle on the kitchen table.
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. Truth