James William Fulbright


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James William Fulbright (April 9, 1905 – February 9, 1995) was a United States Senator representing Arkansas from 1945 to 1975.

Fulbright was a Southern Democrat and a staunch multilateralist who supported the creation of the United Nations and the longest serving chairman in the history of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was also a segregationist who signed the Southern ... more »

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  • ''The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.''
    J. William Fulbright (1905-1995), U.S. Democratic politician. Speech, April 28, 1966, to the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
  • The junior senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges, has so preyed upon the fears and hatreds and prejudices of the American people that he has started a prairie fire which neither he nor anyon...
    J. William Fulbright (b. 1905), U.S. Democratic politician. speech, Nov. 30, 1954, to U.S. Senate.
  • ''In the long course of history, having people who understand your thought is much greater security than another submarine.''
    J. William Fulbright (b. 1905), U.S. Democratic politician. New York Times (June 26, 1986). Of the Fulbright scholarship program.
  • ''We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes.''
    J. William Fulbright (b. 1905), U.S. Democratic politician. quoted in Time (New York, Feb. 4, 1952). Said of senators.
  • ''In a democracy dissent is an act if faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but its effects.''
    J. William Fulbright (1905-19), U.S. Democratic politician. Speech, April 21, 1966, to the U.S. Senate.
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