The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.— Hubert H. Humphrey
The most delicious Hubert H. Humphrey quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
Today we know that World War II began not in 1939 or 1941 but in the 1920's and 1930's when those who should have known better persuaded themselves that they were not their brother's keeper.
The difference between hearsay and prophecy is often one of sequence.
Hearsay often turns out to have been prophecy.
Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.
The time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadows of states rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights
My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side.
It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
It is not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.
There is no such thing as an acceptable level of unemployment, because hunger is not acceptable, poverty is not acceptable, poor health is not acceptable, and a ruined life is not acceptable.
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
Never give in and never give up.
To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
When we say, 'One nation under God, with liberty and justice for all', we are talking about all people. We either ought to believe it or quit saying it .
The history of the labor movement needs to be taught in every school in this land. America is a living testimonial to what free men and women, organized in free democratic trade unions can do to make a better life. We ought to be proud of it!
The good old days were never that good, believe me.
The good new days are today, and better days are coming tomorrow. Our greatest songs are still unsung.
There are those who say to you - we are rushing this issue of civil rights.
I say we are 172 years late.
The ugliness of bigotry stands in direct contradiction to the very meaning of America.
Equality means equality for all - no exceptions, no 'yes, buts', no asterisked footnotes imposing limits.
Peace of mind is another way of saying that you've learned how to love, that you have come to appreciate the importance of giving love in order to be worthy of receiving it.
Never give up on anybody.
As we begin to comprehend that the earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space ~ it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family.
The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.
The Senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it's a pretty good detour.
We cannot use a double standard for measuring our own and other people's policies. Our demands for democratic practices in other lands will be no more effective than the guarantees of those practiced in our own country.
Peace is not passive, it is active. Peace is not appeasement, it is strength. Peace does not 'happen,' it requires work.
What we need are critical lovers of America - patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.
Life's unfairness is not irrevocable;
we can help balance the scales for others, if not always for ourselves.
There is a great deal of difference between living and surviving.
You can survive in debauchery, even in sickness and despair. But you live with a spirit of vitality and a spirit of participation, of being wanted, and having something to contribute.
Each child is an adventure into a better life - an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
We should have learnt by now that laws and court decisions can only point the way. They can establish criteria of right and wrong. And they can provide a basis for rooting out the evils of bigotry and racism. But they cannot wipe away centuries of oppression and injustice - however much we might desire it.
Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.
More progress results from the violent execution of an imperfect plan than the perfection of a plan to violently execute.
Foreign policy is really domestic policy with its hat on.
The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral.
It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a mater-architect; in execution, the labors of many.
My philosophy has always been that benefits should percolate up rather than trickle down.
We can not expect to breed respect for law and order among people who do not share the fruits of our freedom.
There can be no compromise on the right of personal security;
there can be no compromise on securing of human rights.
There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.
Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty.
There is in every American, I think, something of the old Daniel Boone - who, when he could see the smoke from another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved further out into the wilderness.
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit.
You can't hoot with the owls and then soar with the eagles
And it is to these rights - the right of law and order, the right of life, the right of liberty, the right of a job, the right of a home in a decent neighborhood, and the right to an education - it is to these rights that I pledge my life and whatever capacity and ability I have.
Slumism is the pent-up anger of people living on the outside of affluence.
Slumism is decay of structure and deterioration of the human spirit. Slumism is a virus which spreads through the body politic. As other "isms," it breeds disorder and demagoguery and hate.
None of us would trade freedom of expression for the narrowness of the public censor. America is a free market for people who have something to say, and need not fear to say it.
The great challenge which faces us is to assure that, in our society of big-ness, we do not strangle the voice of creativity, that the rules of the game do not come to overshadow its purpose, that the grand orchestration of society leaves ample room for the man who marches to the music of another drummer.
Before people will do anything, they have got to eat.
And if you are really looking for a way for people to lean on you and to be dependent on you, in terms of their cooperation with you, it seems to me that food dependence would be terrific.
It is always a risk to speak to the press: they are likely to report what you say.
Asia is rich in people, rich in culture and rich in resources. It is also rich in trouble.
I wish to suggest that ample opportunity does exist for dissent, for protest, and for nonconformity. But I must also say that the right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.