Adlai Stevenson II Quotes
The problem of cat versus bird is as old as time. If we attempt to resolve it by legislation who knows but what we may be called upon to take sides as well in the age old problems of dog versus cat, bird versus bird, or even bird versus worm. In my opinion, the State of Illinois and its local governing bodies already have enough to do without trying to control feline delinquency.
Stevenson vetoed a bill that imposed fines on owners who allowed cats to run at large (April 23, 1949).
My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Speech in Detroit, Michigan (October 7, 1952).
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
Speech in Denver, Colorado (September 5, 1952).
Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.
Speech in Columbus, Ohio (October 3, 1952)
There are worse things than losing an election; the worst thing is to lose one's convictions and not tell the people the truth.
Responding to an assertion that his support for a ban on nuclear testing would probably cost him votes.
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
Radio address (September 29, 1952).
A diplomat's life is made up of three ingredients: protocol, Geritol and alcohol.
Quoted in The New York Times Magazine (February 7, 1965).
The whole notion of loyalty inquisitions is a national characteristic of the police state, not of democracy. The history of Soviet Russia is a modern example of this ancient practice. I must, in good conscience, protest against any unnecessary suppression of our rights as free men. We must not burn down the house to kill the rats.
In opposition to the McCarran Internal Security Act of 1950.
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set.
"Putting First Things First", Foreign Affairs (January 1960).
A wise man does not try to hurry history. Many wars have been avoided by patience and many have been precipitated by reckless haste.
Our prayer is that men everywhere will learn, finally, to live as brothers, to respect each other's differences, to heal each other's wounds, to promote each other's progress, and to benefit from each other's knowledge.