Adlai Stevenson


Adlai Stevenson Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''In America any boy may become President, and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes!''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Sept. 26, 1952, Indianapolis, Ind. Major Campaign Speeches of Adlai E. Stevenson: 1952 (1953).
  • ''Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Oct. 8, 1952, University of Wisconsin.
  • ''All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Speech, March 22, 1954, Princeton University.
  • ''We live in an era of revolution—the revolution of rising expectations.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Look (New York, Sept. 22, 1953), The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson, vol. 5 (1974).
  • ''Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. "Putting First Things First," Foreign Affairs (New York, Jan. 1960).
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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.

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