Everett Dirksen

(Everett McKinley Dirksen)

Everett Dirksen
Everett Dirksen
  • Born: January 4, 1896
  • Died: September 7, 1969
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Everett McKinley Dirksen was an American politician of the Republican Party. He represented Illinois in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. As Senate Minority Leader from 1959 to 1969, he played a highly visible and key role in the politics of the 1960s. He helped write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968, both landmark pieces of legislation during the Civil Rights Movement. He was also one of the Senate's strongest supporters of the Vietnam War. A talented orator with a florid style and a notably rich baritone voice, his flamboyant speeches caused his detractors to refer to him as "The Wizard of Ooze".

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… biennial convulsion Legislating & Legislative Process
Bob Taft is Mr. Republican, Mr. America, and Mr. Integrity. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he's too busy wondering what he'll do if he isn't elected Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Foreign policy begins with domestic policy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I agree that obviously we cannot retreat from our position in Vietnam…. But we are going to have to muddle through for a while and see what we do. War & Peace
I am involved in mankind, and whatever the skin, we are all involved in mankind. Equality of opportunity must prevail if we are to complete the covenant that we have made with the people, and when we held up our hands to take an oath to defend the laws and to carry out the Constitution of the United States. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I know. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Nationalism & Treason ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I must use beautiful words. I never know when I might have to eat them. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I stick by my principles, and one of my principles is flexibility. Management & Managing Government
If the people desire changes in the highest judicial tribunal in the land, the people can speak with their power to amend their own Constitution. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Never has law and order been so disdained. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Occasionally, you might enjoy the luxury of an unexpressed thought Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
One of my age thinks about his destiny a little. I should not like to have written on my tombstone, "He knew what happened at Hiroshima, but he did not take a first step. Arms Race & Disarmament
Stronger than all the armies is the idea whose time has come. The time has come for equality in sharing in government and education, and in employment. It will not be stayed or denied. It is here. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The heart of America is right. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Victor Hugo wrote in his diary substantially this sentiment, 'Stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come.' The time has come for equality of opportunity in sharing of government, in education, and in employment. It must not be stayed or denied. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We followed you before and you took us on the road to defeat. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
When I face an issue of great import that cleaves both constituents and colleagues, I always take the same approach. I engage in deep deliberation and quiet contemplation. I wait to the last available minute and then I always vote with the losers. Because, my friend, the winners never remember and the losers never forget. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When it comes to legislative inquiry there are no rules and actually the sky is the limit. I can ask a witness almost any question under the canopy of heaven and if one of my colleagues should intrude, I can say "you mind your own business and I'll mind mine. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You don’t mind if we denounce you once in a while, do you, Lyndon? Political Parties & Machines
You spend a billion here and a billion there. Sooner of later it adds up to real money. Budgets & Budgeting
You start from the broad premise that all of us have a common duty to the country to perform. Legislation is always the art of the possible. You could, of course, follow a course of solid opposition, of stalemate, but that is not in the interest of the country. Legislating & Legislative Process
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money. Money, Coins & Minting
But the basic difficulty still remains: It is the expansion of Federal power, about which I wish to express my alarm. How easily we embrace such business. Power ;Business, Commerce & Finance
During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he's too busy wondering what he'll do if he isn't elected.
I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
I have said, with respect to authorization bills, that I do not want the Congress or the country to commit fiscal suicide on the installment plan. Respect
The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.
The oil can is mightier than the sword.
There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come. Time ;Power
We are becoming so accustomed to millions and billions of dollars that 'thousands' has almost passed out of the dictionary.
We have been through this is biennial convulsion four or five different times over the past 10 or 12 years, and now it appears that we are going through this quiet agony all over again.
When a member of the House moves over to the Senate, he raises the IQ of both bodies.
When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength of any community is in the hearts and minds and desires of those who dwell there.