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 :: 1911-1978, American Democratic Politician, Vice President

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Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Mother-in-Laws]

 

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Fortunately, the time has long passed when people liked to regard the United States as some kind of melting pot, taking men and women from every part of the world and converting them into standardized, homogenized Americans. We are, I think, much more mature and wise today. Just as we welcome a world of diversity, so we glory in an America of diversity -- an America all the richer for the many different and distinctive strands of which it is woven.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Multiculturalism]

 

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In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Names]

 

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The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Neighbors]

 

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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.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Nuclear Age]

 

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Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Freedom]

 

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The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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The difference between heresy and prophecy is often one of sequence. Heresy often turns out to have been prophecy -- when properly aged.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Heresy]

 

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There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Human Spirit]

 

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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.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Individuality]

 

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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.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Congress]

 

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When people generally are aware of a problem, it can be said to have entered the public consciousness. When people get on their hind legs and holler, the problem has not only entered the public consciousness -- it has also become a part of the public conscience. At that point, things in our democracy begin to hum.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Controversy]

 

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Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Debate]

 

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It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Democracy]

 

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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.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Dissatisfaction]

 

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I learned more about the economy from one South Dakota dust storm that I did in all my years of college.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Economy and Economics]

 

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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.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Example]

 

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Each child is an adventure into a better life --an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Children]

 

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We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Cities and City Life]

 

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There are those who say to you -- we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.
~ Hubert H. Humphrey - [Civil Rights]

 

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