Adlai Stevenson I Quotes

Adlai Ewing Stevenson I (/?æd?le? ?ju???/; October 23, 1835 – June 14, 1914) served as the 23rd Vice President of the United States (1893–97). Previously, he served as a Congressman from Illinois in the late 1870s and early 1880s. After his subsequent appointment as Assistant Postmaster General of the United States during Grover Cleveland's first administration (1885–89), he fired many Republican postal workers and replaced them with Southern Democrats. This earned him the enmity of the Republican-controlled Congress, but made him a favorite as Grover Cleveland's running mate in 1892, and he duly became Vice President of the United States

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Adlai Stevenson I


Self-Criticism is the secret weapon of democracy, and candor and confession are good for the political soul.

Adlai Stevenson I


Man is a strange animal, he doesn't like to read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.

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If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is no barking dog to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.

Adlai Stevenson I


The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to freedom of the mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-communism.

Adlai Stevenson I


Men may be born free; they cannot be born wise; and it is the duty of the university to make the free wise.

Adlai Stevenson I


The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.

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[I]t is difficult to picture the great Creator conceiving of a program of one creature (which He has made) using another living creature for purposes of experimentation. There must be other, less cruel ways of obtaining knowledge.

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Here, in the dread tribunal of last resort, valor contended against valor. Here brave men struggled and died for the right as God gave them to see the right.

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

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Your public servants serve you right; indeed often they serve you better than your apathy and indifference deserve.

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An independent is the guy who wants to take the politics out of politics.

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Why is it that when political ammunition runs low, inevitably the rusty artillery of abuse is always wheeled into action?

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An editor is one who separates the wheat from the chaff and prints the chaff.

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It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming.

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A lie is an abomination unto the Lord, and a very present help in trouble.

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