Adlai E. Stevenson II

American lawyer, politician, and diplomat

Lived from: 1900-1965

Category: Politics

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    A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
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    A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
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    A hungry man is not a free man.
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    A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
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    A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
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    A wise man who stands firm is a statesman, a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.
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    Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
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    After four years at the United Nations I sometimes yearn for the peace and tranquility of a political convention.
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    All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.

    Source: Speech Princeton University, "The Educated Citizen" (22 march 1954)
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    An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.
    Source: Leon Harris - The Fine Art of Political Wit (1964)
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    An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics.
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    As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
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    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
    Source: Speech Miami, Florida, september 1956
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    Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
    Source: Speech in Urbana, Illinois (1951)
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    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.
    Source: Major Campaign Speeches of Adlai E. Stevenson (1952)
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