Al Smith Quotes

Alfred Emanuel "Al" Smith (December 30, 1873 – October 4, 1944) was an American statesman who was elected Governor of New York four times and was the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928

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Al Smith


The American people never carry an umbrella. They prepare to walk in eternal sunshine.

Al Smith


Be simple in words, manners, and gestures. Amuse as well as instruct. If you can make a man laugh, you can make him think and make him like and believe you.

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Pulling the plug on the BlackBerry could cost corporate America millions of dollars. The BlackBerry is more than e-mail but a handheld office, and if you shut down the BlackBerry, you shut off the data that powers American business.

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I believe in the absolute separation of church and state and in the strict enforcement of the Constitution that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

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I can think of no greater disaster to this country than to have the voters of it divide upon religious lines.

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Sin is like a journey, it begins with one step.

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I believe in the support of the public school as one of the cornerstones of American liberty. I believe in the right of every parent to choose whether his child shall be educated in the public school or in a religious school supported by those of his own faith.

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Be sincere. Be simple in words, manners, and gestures. Amuse as well as instruct. If you can make a man laugh, you can make him think and make him like and believe you.

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The Brooklyn Bridge and I grew up together,

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All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.

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No matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney.

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No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.

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It is the right of our people to organize to oppose any law and any part of the Constitution with which they are not in sympathy.

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“He raised the standards of everybody in the business.”

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“Where are the (condo residents) going to eat or shop? The (business) opportunity is there. What happens now is up to us.”

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