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Quotations From ADLAI STEVENSON

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  • 1.
    Golf is a fine relief from the tensions of office, but we are a little tired of holding the bag.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Quoted in Leon Harris, The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 10 (1964). Referring to President Eisenhower's passion for golf.

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  • 2.
    We mean by "politics" the people's business—the most important business there is.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Speech, November 19, 1955, Chicago, Illinois.

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  • 3.
    A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Quoted in The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 10, Leon Harris (1964).
  • 4.
    A funny thing happened to me on the way to the White House.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Dec. 13, 1952, Washington D.C.. Quoted in Portrait: Adlai E. Stevenson, ch. 1, Alden Whitman (1965). After his defeat in the Presidential election, in which Eisenhower won a landslide victory.

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  • 5.
    She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. quoted in New York Times (Nov. 8, 1962). Comment on learning of Eleanor Roosevelt's death. Stevenson was quoting the motto of the Christopher Society, "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." According to Brewer's Quotations, ed. Nigel Rees (1994), this in turn is a Chinese proverb.

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  • 6.
    The Republicans stroke platitudes until they purr like epigrams.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1966), U.S. Democratic politician. Quoted in Leon Harris, The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 1 (1964). Stevenson borrowed the phrase from humorist Don Marquis.
  • 7.
    The General has dedicated himself so many times, he must feel like the cornerstone of a public building.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Quoted in Leon Harris, The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 10 (1964). Said of President Eisenhower.
  • 8.
    The Republicans have a "me too" candidate running on a "yes but" platform, advised by a "has been" staff.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Quoted in Leon Harris, The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 10 (1964).

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  • 9.
    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 Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Campaign speech, 1952. Quoted in Leon Harris, The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 10 (1964). In the speech, Stevenson attributes the remark first to Republican Chauncey Depew, though with the party names reversed.

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  • 10.
    The Republican party makes even its young men seem old; the Democratic Party makes even its old men seem young.
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Quoted in Earl Mazo, Richard Nixon: A Political and Personal Portrait, ch. 7 (1959). Comparing the Republican Party nominee for vice president Richard Nixon, to the septuagenarian Democratic vice president Alben Barkley, during the 1952 presidential race.
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