Adlai E. Stevenson II

American lawyer, politician, and diplomat

Lived from: 1900-1965

Category: Politics

Quotes: Adlai E. Stevenson II

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    Golf is a fine relief from the tensions of office, but we are a little tired of holding the bag.
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    I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
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    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.
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    I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.
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    I sometimes marvel at the extraordinary docility with which Americans submit to speeches.
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    I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
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    I would rather be guilty of talking over a person's head than behind his back.
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    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.
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    If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
    Source: Campaign statement in Fresno, California (10 September 1952)
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    Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard.
    Source: address to the United Nations on October 1, 1963
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    In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
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    It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
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    It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.
    Source: Address at Princeton University, "The Educated Citizen" (22 March 1954).
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    Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them.
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    Laws are never as effective as habits.
    Source: Speech in New York City (28 August 1952)