Quotes by Adlai Stevenson II

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The whole notion of loyalty inquisitions is a national characteristic of the police state, not of democracy …. We must not burn down the house to kill the rats.

The Republican Party makes even its young men seem old; the Democratic Party makes even its old men seem young.
We mean by “politics” the people’s business —the most important business there is.
Men who have offered their lives for their country know that patriotism is not the fear of something; it is the love of something. Patriotism with us is not the hatred of Russia; it is the love of this republic and of the ideal of liberty of man and mind in which it was born, and to which this Republic is dedicated.
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.
Man’s knowledge of things will begin to be matched by man’s knowledge of self. The significance of a smaller world will be measured not in terms of military advantage, but in terms of advantage for the human community. It will be the triumph of the heartbeat over the drumbeat.
You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal. For, in the vernacular, we Americans are suckers for good news.

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