Hubert Horatio Humphrey


Hubert Horatio Humphrey Quotes

  • ''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.
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  • ''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.
  • ''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..
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.
  • ''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.

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