Famous Quotes By Adlai E. Stevenson


  1. A beauty is a woman you notice a charmer is one who notices you.
  2. After four years at the United Nations I sometimes yearn for the peace and tranquility of a political convention.
  3. An Independent is someone who wants to take the politics out of politics.
  4. Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
  5. 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.
  6. Do you know the difference between a beautiful woman and a charming one? A beauty is a woman you notice, a charmer is one who notices you.
  7. Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.
  8. Freedom rings where opinions clash.
  9. I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
  10. 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.
  11. I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
  12. If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
  13. 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.
  14. It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
  15. Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them.
  16. Law is not a profession at all, but rather a business service station and repair shop.
  17. Making peace is harder than making war.
  18. Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
  19. Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
  20. Nature is neutral.
  21. Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
  22. Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
  23. That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
  24. The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
  25. 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.
  26. The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small.
  27. The relationship of the toastmaster to 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.
  28. There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
  29. To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man - and also a nation.
  30. We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.
  31. We mean by 'politics' the people's business - the most important business there is.
  32. We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments.

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