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Quotes By Adlai Stevenson

Nationality
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DOB
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5-02-1900
DOD
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14-07-1965

For those who are unaware, Adlai Ewing Stevenson competed in the US presidential elections on two occasions, and on both instances, this popular statesman was defeated by former head of state, Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1952, when Stevenson was campaigning for the Democratic nomination, the politician was put up in the Lincoln Room at the White House. The entire night, this Abraham Lincoln admirer paced about in the room, not able to bring himself to lie on the same bed that his idol had once occupied. So, Stevenson resigned to spending the night on the sofa. It was only later that poor Stevenson found out that the bed was placed in the room much later, but the sofa had been there during Lincoln’s time.

Known for his good nature, Stevenson was once approached by a young woman supporter, the first time that he decided to run for the president’s post. She said, “Governor, every thinking person would be voting for you”. He retorted, “Madam, that is not enough. I need a majority.” After conceding defeat to Eisenhower, he wasn’t disheartened. Instead, he commented to British journalist, Alistair Cooke, “Who did I think I was, running against George Washington?” The second time round, when he lost again to Eisenhower, Cooke sent a note to Stevenson, saying, “How now?” The diplomat wittily observed, “Who did I think I was, running against George Washington twice?”

A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.

- Adlai Stevenson

A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.

- Adlai Stevenson

A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.

- Adlai Stevenson

Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction.

- Adlai Stevenson

After four years at the United Nations I sometimes yearn for the peace and tranquillity of a political convention.

- Adlai Stevenson

We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.

- Adlai Stevenson

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.

- Adlai Stevenson

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.

- Adlai Stevenson

I think that one of the most fundamental responsibilities is to give testimony in a court of law, to give it honestly and willingly.

- Adlai Stevenson

The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.

- Adlai Stevenson

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.

- Adlai Stevenson

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.

- Adlai Stevenson

It will be helpful in our mutual objective to allow every man in America to look his neighbor in the face and see a man-not a color.

- Adlai Stevenson

Making peace is harder than making war.

- Adlai Stevenson

Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than the freedom to stagnate.

- Adlai Stevenson

There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms.

- Adlai Stevenson

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