Adlai Ewing Stevenson

United States politician and diplomat (1900-1968)

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A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
Let us talk sense to the American people. Let us tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
More important than winning the election, is governing the nation. That is the test of a political party -- the acid, final test.
Nature is neutral. Man has wrested from nature the power to make the world a desert or to make the deserts bloom. There is no evil in the atom only in men's souls.
There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
What do I believe As an American I believe in generosity, in liberty, in the rights of man. These are social and political faiths that are part of me, as they are, I suppose, part of all of us. Such beliefs are easy to express. But part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand.
When an American says that he loves his country, he ... means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.

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