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  1. It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.


  2. Laws are never as effective as habits.


  3. She would rather light candles than curse the darkness and her glow has warmed the world.


  4. Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.




  5. The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.


  6. I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.


  7. All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.


  8. In America any boy may become President, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes.


  9. Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.


  10. Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.


  11. Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.


  12. Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.


  13. In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.


  14. A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.


  15. What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty is for the most part incommunicable.


  16. We have confused the free with the free and easy.


  17. Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.


  18. On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.


  19. A hungry man is not a free man.

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  20. We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.


  21. Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.


  22. A wise man who stands firm is a statesman, a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.


  23. A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.

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  24. Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.


  25. Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.


  26. The human race has improved everything, but the human race.


  27. Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.


  28. I would rather be guilty of talking over a person's head than behind his back.

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  29. Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.


  30. A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House.



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What are the best oratory quotes by Adlai Stevenson?


    Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.

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    I would rather be guilty of talking over a person's head than behind his back.

    • speeches

    I sometimes marvel at the extraordinary docility with which Americans submit to speeches.

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    The relationship of the toastmaster to the 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.

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    I asked him on whom or what he had based his oratorical style. Churchill replied, It was an American statesman who inspired me and taught me how to use every note of the human voice like an organ. Winston then to my amazement started to quote long excerpts from Bourke Cockran's speeches of 60 years before. He was my model, Churchill said. I learned from him how to hold thousands in thrall.

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What are the best speeches quotes by Adlai Stevenson?


    Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.

    • speeches

    I would rather be guilty of talking over a person's head than behind his back.

    • speeches

    I sometimes marvel at the extraordinary docility with which Americans submit to speeches.

    • speeches

    The relationship of the toastmaster to the 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.

    • speeches

    I asked him on whom or what he had based his oratorical style. Churchill replied, It was an American statesman who inspired me and taught me how to use every note of the human voice like an organ. Winston then to my amazement started to quote long excerpts from Bourke Cockran's speeches of 60 years before. He was my model, Churchill said. I learned from him how to hold thousands in thrall.

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What are the best freedom quotes by Adlai Stevenson?


    The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.

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    We have confused the free with the free and easy.

    • freedom

    A hungry man is not a free man.

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    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.

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    The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.

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What are the best politics quotes by Adlai Stevenson?


    Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.

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    A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.

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    We mean by politics the people's business -- the most important business there is.

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    It is an ancient political vehicle, held together by soft soap and hunger and with front-seat drivers and back-seat drivers contradicting each other in a bedlam of voices, shouting

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What are the best way quotes by Adlai Stevenson?


    A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House.

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    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?

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    The New Dealers have all left Washington to make way for the car dealers.


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Flattery is all right if you don't inhale.


It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts!


The Republicans stroke platitudes until they purr like epigrams.


Under the wide and starry sky,




If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.


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.


I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.


Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.


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.


It is an ancient political vehicle, held together by soft soap and hunger and with front-seat drivers and back-seat drivers contradicting each other in a bedlam of voices, shouting

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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

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, to be a part of the twentieth century.


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. But it is not easy to banish the notion that there can be universal brotherhood just as soon as everybody gives up his faith and accepts ours. That day may never come, for the richness of human diversity cannot be abolished any more than Mars or Jupiter. Difference is the nature of life, it is part of our moral Universe. Without difference, life would become lifeless.


Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.


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.


The New Dealers have all left Washington to make way for the car dealers.

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I asked him on whom or what he had based his oratorical style. Churchill replied, It was an American statesman who inspired me and taught me how to use every note of the human voice like an organ. Winston then to my amazement started to quote long excerpts from Bourke Cockran's speeches of 60 years before. He was my model, Churchill said. I learned from him how to hold thousands in thrall.

  • speeches

We mean by politics the people's business -- the most important business there is.

  • politics

What do I believe? As an American I believe in generosity, in liberty, in the rights of man. These are social and political faiths that are part of me, as they are, I suppose, part of all of us. Such beliefs are easy to express. But 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.


The relationship of the toastmaster to the 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.

  • speeches

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.

  • speech

We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft.


I sometimes marvel at the extraordinary docility with which Americans submit to speeches.

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My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.


We talk a great deal about patriotism. What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility which will enable America to remain master of her power

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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.


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.

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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.


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?

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