Eugene McCarthy

(Eugene Joseph McCarthy)

Eugene McCarthy
Eugene McCarthy
  • Born: March 29, 1916
  • Died: December 10, 2005
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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[On congressional reform:] If you purify the pond, the water lilies die. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A liberal is someone who throws a drowning man 50 feet from the shore a 30 foot rope and says, "I've met you more than halfway. Liberals & Conservatives
A very perfect gentle knight. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Being in politics is like coaching football. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it's important. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Have you ever tried to split sawdust? Political Parties & Machines
I am not—as I am sure I will be charged—for peace at any price, but for an honorable rational, and political solution to this [the Vietnam] war. War & Peace
I would not want Jimmy Carter and his men put in charge of snake control in Ireland. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I'd rather be underestimated by the polltakers than by the voters. Public Opinion & Polling
If you've been around for thirty years posing moral judgments on politics and society, you've got to take a stand. You can't go waving your wooden sword forever. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I'm kind of an accidental instrument, really, through which I hope that the judgment and the will of this nation can be expressed Leaders & Leadership
In 1963, we were told that we were winning the war. In 1964, we were told we were winning the war. In 1964, we were told the corner was being turned. In 1965, we were told the enemy was being brought to its knees. In 1966, 1967, and now again in 1968, we hear the same hollow claims of programs and victory. For the fact is that the enemy is bolder than ever the war is getting wider every month. Only a few months ago we were told that 65 percent of the population was secure. Now we know that even the American Embassy is not secure Propaganda & Disinformation
Most political accidents happen in the middle of the road. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
One has to watch the new words that are introduced into politics—you never know what you are admitting to. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
One of the lines in the Benedictine monastery is to keep death daily before your eyes, which never hurts in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
One thing about a pig. He thinks he's warm if his nose is warm. I saw a bunch of pigs one time that had frozen together in a rosette, each one's nose tucked under the rump of the one in front. We have a lot of pigs in politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Reporters are like blackbirds sitting on a telephone wire. One flies off and they all fly off. One flies back and they all fly back. Media, Journalism & The Press
The First Law of Politics: Never say anything in a national campaign that anyone might remember. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty. Bureaucracy
The Senate is, in a way, the last primitive society in the world. As civilization progresses we honor all the ancient principals of seniority and respect for our elders and occupancy. Territorial imperative runs very strongly in the Senate. And our ultimate test is a trial by ordeal—which we practice in the filibuster. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is only one thing to do — take it to the country! Public Opinion & Polling
Those old enough to write their memoirs should not comment on contemporary issues. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We don't declare war any more, we declare national defense. War & Peace
We've got a wild man in the White House [Lyndon Johnson], and we are going to have to treat him as such. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I can still smell the tear gas in the Hilton Hotel.
It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
No man could be equipped for the presidency if he has never been tempted by one of the seven cardinal sins.
The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency.
The Senate is the last primitive society in the world. We still worship the elders of the tribe and honor the territorial imperative. Society