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Quotations From HUBERT H HUMPHREY

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  • 1.
    Each child is an adventure into a better life—an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, July 27, 1965, Detroit, Michigan.

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  • 2.
    The heroes of the world community are not those who withdraw when difficulties ensue, not those who can envision neither the prospect of success nor the consequence of failure—but those who stand the heat of battle, the fight for world peace through the United Nations.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Nov. 17, 1965, New York City.

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  • 3.
    Unfortunately, our affluent society has also been an effluent society.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, October 11, 1966, Gannon College, Erie, Pennsylvania.
  • 4.
    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 (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Sept. 13, 1966, to Urban America Conference, Washington, DC.

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  • 5.
    Much of our American progress has been the product of the individual who had an idea; pursued it; fashioned it; tenaciously clung to it against all odds; and then produced it, sold it, and profited from it.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Address, June 29, 1966, to United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, Detroit, Michigan.
  • 6.
    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 (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Address, July 14, 1948, to Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia. Supporting his Civil Rights Amendment to the Party Platform; Humphrey was then mayor of Minneapolis.
  • 7.
    History teaches us that the great revolutions aren't started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better—and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, April 2, 1966, Durham, N.C..

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  • 8.
    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 (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, April 23, 1966, Washington, DC.
  • 9.
    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 (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. address, Oct. 1, 1942, to annual conference of Minnesota Library Association.
  • 10.
    To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Nov. 29, 1965, White House Conference on International Cooperation.

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