Adlai Stevenson


Adlai Stevenson Quotes

  • ''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.
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''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.
  • ''We hear the Secretary of State boasting of his brinkmanship—the art of bringing us to the edge of the abyss.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Feb. 25, 1956, Hartford, Connecticut. quoted in New York Times (Feb. 26, 1956), The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson, vol. 5 (1974). Referring to John Foster Dulles.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. Quoted in The Stevenson Wit (1966). The aphorism has also been attributed to Elbert Hubbard.
  • ''There is no evil in the atom; only in men's souls.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Sept. 18, 1952, Hartford, Connecticut. "The Atomic Future," Speeches (1953).
  • ''The Republican Vice Presidential Candidate ... asks you to place him a heartbeat from the Presidency.''
    Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Oct. 23, 1952, Cleveland, Ohio. The Hiss Case, Speeches (1953). Referring to Richard Milhous Nixon, who became Vice President in 1952 (reelected 1956).

Read more quotations »
[Report Error]