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Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Never give up on anybody.”

Never give up on anybody.

— Hubert H. Humphrey



Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.”

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Never give in and never give up.”

Never give in and never give up.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “More progress results from the violent execution of an imperfect plan than the perfection of a plan to violently execute.”

More progress results from the violent execution of an imperfect plan than the perfection of a plan to violently execute.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.”

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “You can’t hoot with the owls and then soar with the eagles.”

You can’t hoot with the owls and then soar with the eagles.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “We live by hope. We do not ever get all we want when we want it. But we have to believe that someday, somehow, some way, it will be better and that we can make it so.”

We live by hope. We do not ever get all we want when we want it. But we have to believe that someday, somehow, some way, it will be better and that we can make it so.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”

It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The good old days were never that good, believe me. The good new days are today, and better days are coming tomorrow. Our greatest songs are still unsung.”

The good old days were never that good, believe me. The good new days are today, and better days are coming tomorrow. Our greatest songs are still unsung.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The way we treat our children in the dawn of their lives and the way we treat our elderly in the twilight of their lives is a measure of the quality of a nation.”

The way we treat our children in the dawn of their lives and the way we treat our elderly in the twilight of their lives is a measure of the quality of a nation.

— Hubert H. Humphrey



Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Peace is not passive, it is active. Peace is not appeasement, it is strength. Peace does not ‘happen,’ it requires work.”

Peace is not passive, it is active. Peace is not appeasement, it is strength. Peace does not ‘happen,’ it requires work.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Life’s unfairness is not irrevocable; we can help balance the scales for others, if not always for ourselves.”

Life’s unfairness is not irrevocable; we can help balance the scales for others, if not always for ourselves.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “It is not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.”

It is not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Each child is an adventure into a better life – an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.”

Each child is an adventure into a better life – an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “If I believe in something, I will fight for it, with all I have. But I do not demand all or nothing. I would rather get something than nothing.”

If I believe in something, I will fight for it, with all I have. But I do not demand all or nothing. I would rather get something than nothing.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.”

Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Foreign policy is really domestic policy with its hat on.”

Foreign policy is really domestic policy with its hat on.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “What we need are critical lovers of America – patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.”

What we need are critical lovers of America – patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.”

To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “When the dignity of one person is denied, all of us are denied.”

When the dignity of one person is denied, all of us are denied.

— Hubert H. Humphrey



Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.”

Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “There is a great deal of difference between living and surviving. You can survive in debauchery, even in sickness and despair. But you live with a spirit of vitality and a spirit of participation, of being wanted, and having something to contribute.”

There is a great deal of difference between living and surviving. You can survive in debauchery, even in sickness and despair. But you live with a spirit of vitality and a spirit of participation, of being wanted, and having something to contribute.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side.”

My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.”

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Just be what you are and speak from your guts and heart – it’s all a person has.”

Just be what you are and speak from your guts and heart – it’s all a person has.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Our greatest songs are still unsung.”

Our greatest songs are still unsung.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The road to freedom, here and everywhere, begins in the classroom.”

The road to freedom, here and everywhere, begins in the classroom.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves; not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.”

This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves; not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “It is always a risk to speak to the press: they are likely to report what you say.”

It is always a risk to speak to the press: they are likely to report what you say.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Unfortunately, our affluent society has also been an effluent society.”

Unfortunately, our affluent society has also been an effluent society.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “American public opinion is like an ocean, it cannot be stirred by a teaspoon.”

American public opinion is like an ocean, it cannot be stirred by a teaspoon.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Surely anyone who has ever been elected to public office understands that one commodity above all others, namely the trust and confidence of the people, is fundamental in maintaining a free and open political system.”

Surely anyone who has ever been elected to public office understands that one commodity above all others, namely the trust and confidence of the people, is fundamental in maintaining a free and open political system.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The measure of a civilization is how it treats those at the dawn of life, the margins of life and the twilight of life.”

The measure of a civilization is how it treats those at the dawn of life, the margins of life and the twilight of life.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “In the minds and hearts of the American people, there is a great hunger for peace based on a universal recognition of the values of freedom and human dignity.”

In the minds and hearts of the American people, there is a great hunger for peace based on a universal recognition of the values of freedom and human dignity.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “In life it isn’t what you’ve lost, it’s what you’ve got left that counts.”

In life it isn’t what you’ve lost, it’s what you’ve got left that counts.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “You can always debate about what you should have done. The question is what are you going to do?”

You can always debate about what you should have done. The question is what are you going to do?

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “You cannot tell a poor boy from a small country town on the plains of South Dakota who has had the opportunity to be a teacher, a mayor, a senator, and a vice president, that America is not a nation of promise.”

You cannot tell a poor boy from a small country town on the plains of South Dakota who has had the opportunity to be a teacher, a mayor, a senator, and a vice president, that America is not a nation of promise.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.”

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The history of the labor movement needs to be taught in every school in this land. America is a living testimonial to what free men and women, organized in free democratic trade unions can do to make a better life. We ought to be proud of it!”

The history of the labor movement needs to be taught in every school in this land. America is a living testimonial to what free men and women, organized in free democratic trade unions can do to make a better life. We ought to be proud of it!

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadows of states rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.”

The time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadows of states rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The gap between the rich and the poor is the most dangerous threat to world peace we have.”

The gap between the rich and the poor is the most dangerous threat to world peace we have.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.”

There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.”

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “We cannot use a double standard for measuring our own and other people’s policies. Our demands for democratic practices in other lands will be no more effective than the guarantees of those practiced in our own country.”

We cannot use a double standard for measuring our own and other people’s policies. Our demands for democratic practices in other lands will be no more effective than the guarantees of those practiced in our own country.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Until racial justice and freedom is a reality in this land, our union will remain profoundly imperfect.”

Until racial justice and freedom is a reality in this land, our union will remain profoundly imperfect.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.”

We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The ugliness of bigotry stands in direct contradiction to the very meaning of America.”

The ugliness of bigotry stands in direct contradiction to the very meaning of America.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Before people will do anything, they have got to eat. And if you are really looking for a way for people to lean on you and to be dependent on you, in terms of their cooperation with you, it seems to me that food dependence would be terrific.”

Before people will do anything, they have got to eat. And if you are really looking for a way for people to lean on you and to be dependent on you, in terms of their cooperation with you, it seems to me that food dependence would be terrific.

— Hubert H. Humphrey


Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “There is a lot of difference between failure and defeat. Failure is when you are defeated and neither learn nor contribute anything.”

There is a lot of difference between failure and defeat. Failure is when you are defeated and neither learn nor contribute anything.

— Hubert H. Humphrey

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