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 :: 1900-1965, American Lawyer, Politician

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I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Slander]

 

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A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Society]

 

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I sometimes marvel at the extraordinary docility with which Americans submit to speeches.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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I would rather be guilty of talking over a person's head than behind his back.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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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.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Speakers and Speaking]

 

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Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Survival]

 

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We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Understanding]

 

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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.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [United Nations]

 

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Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Vision]

 

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Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Patriotism]

 

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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... a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Patriotism]

 

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Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Peace]

 

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The Republicans stroke platitudes until they purr like epigrams.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Platitudes]

 

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A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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We mean by ''politics'' the people's business -- the most important business there is.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Power]

 

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In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [President]

 

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It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
~ Adlai E. Stevenson - [Principles]

 

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