Adlai E. Stevenson

It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Do you know the difference between a beautiful woman and a charming one? A beauty is a woman you notice, a charmer is one who notices you.
Adlai E. Stevenson

The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
Adlai E. Stevenson

It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
Adlai E. Stevenson

On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.
Adlai E. 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 E. Stevenson

It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.
Adlai E. Stevenson

I’m not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
Adlai E. Stevenson

We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale.
Adlai E. Stevenson

The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
Adlai E. Stevenson

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
Adlai E. 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 E. 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 E. Stevenson

Nature is neutral.
Adlai E. Stevenson

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

Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Laws are never as effective as habits.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Making peace is harder than making war.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Man is a strange animal. He generally cannot read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.
Adlai E. Stevenson

We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
Adlai E. Stevenson

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

The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small.
Adlai E. Stevenson

If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Adlai E. Stevenson

Your days are short here; this is the last of your springs. And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place, touch the depths of truth, feel the hem of Heaven. You will go away with old, good friends. And don’t forget when you leave why you came.
Adlai E. Stevenson

There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
Adlai E. Stevenson

I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
Adlai E. Stevenson

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