Famous Quotes By Hubert H. Humphrey


  1. A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
  2. 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.
  3. Each child is an adventure into a better life - an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
  4. For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.
  5. Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
  6. Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.
  7. I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.
  8. I learnt more about politics during one South Dakota dust storm than in seven years at the university.
  9. If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.
  10. Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.
  11. The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
  12. The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.
  13. The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
  14. The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
  15. 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.
  16. This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.
  17. To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
  18. 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.
  19. Unfortunately, our affluent society has also been an effluent society.
  20. We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.
  21. We believe that to err is human. To blame it on someone else is politics.


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