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A hungry man is not a free man.

ADLAI STEVENSON, speech, Sept. 6, 1952

We cannot be any stronger in our foreign policy -- for all the bombs and guns we may heap up in our arsenals -- than we are in the spirit which rules inside the country. Foreign policy, like a river, cannot rise above its source.


Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.

ADLAI STEVENSON, speech, 1951

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends ... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

ADLAI STEVENSON, speech, Sep. 10, 1952

I also suspect that loyalty is sometimes an excuse for intellectual indolence. It is so easy to select some group or institution which offers clear championship of at least some element of what we conceive to be our self-interest, and then to draw in its support blank checks upon our instinct for loyalty.

ADLAI STEVENSON, "Some Thoughts on Loyalty", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Feb. 1953

A wise man who stands firm is a statesman; a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.

ADLAI STEVENSON, attributed, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

To remember the loneliness, the fear and the insecurity of men who once had to walk alone in huge factories, beside huge machines--to realize that labor unions have meant new dignity and pride to millions of our countrymen--human companionship on the job, and music in the home--to be able to see what larger pay checks mean, not to a man as an employee, but as a husband and as a father--to know these things is to understand what American labor means.

ADLAI STEVENSON, speech, Sep. 22, 1952

It bothers me that loyalty is most easily built up around ideas which may be simply expressed, particularly if they can be reduced to slogans and to catchwords. As the process of government becomes necessarily more complex, reflecting the increasing complexity of social organization, there is a developing problem of stimulating loyalty to something not easily understood by those whose loyalty is essential.

ADLAI STEVENSON, "Some Thoughts on Loyalty", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Feb. 1953

The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations--great or small--to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century.

ADLAI STEVENSON, attributed, The Stevenson Wit and Wisdom

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

ADLAI STEVENSON, The Papers of Adlai E. Stevenson

The United Nations is like a spade; it is not self-operating. It is what we make of it, for purposes that we can find in common with our neighbors in the world.

ADLAI STEVENSON, United Nations: Guardian of Peace


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