Quotations From HUBERT H HUMPHREY


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  • If today there is a proper American "sphere of influence" it is this fragile sphere called earth upon which all men live and share a common fate—a sphere where our influence must be for peace and justice.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Jan. 6, 1967, Buffalo, New York.

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  • A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, August 23, 1965, University of Wisconsin.

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  • Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, December 6, 1965, Medford, Massachusetts.
  • Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Oct. 29, 1964, New York City.

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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 (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, Jan. 14, 1966, University of Chicago.

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  • The President has only 190 million bosses. The Vice President has 190 million and one.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Quoted in The Quotable Hubert Humphrey. American Salesman Magazine (1966).
  • 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.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Nov. 11, 1965, Arlington Memorial Cemetery, Washington, D.C..

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  • We have already eaten breakfast to the accompaniment, in our morning newspapers, of too many "Yankee Go Home" signs, too many riots, too many denunciations of ourselves, to believe that leadership, even in the cause of peace, can reward us with international laurel wreaths.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Address, May 31, 1966, Huron College, S. Dak.

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  • Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, October 20, 1966, Gainesville, Florida.

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  • National isolation breeds national neurosis.
    Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Jan. 6, 1967, delivered at Buffalo, New York.

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