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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.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “There are those who say to you – we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The ugliness of bigotry stands in direct contradiction to the very meaning of America.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The difference between hearsay and prophecy is often one of sequence. Hearsay often turns out to have been prophecy.”
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.”
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.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “There is in every American, I think, something of the old Daniel Boone – who, when he could see the smoke from another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved further out into the wilderness.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Peace of mind is another way of saying that you’ve learned how to love, that you have come to appreciate the importance of giving love in order to be worthy of receiving it.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Leadership in today’s world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “There can be no compromise on the right of personal security; there can be no compromise on securing of human rights.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “It the Senator can find in Title VII any language which provides that an employer will have to hire on the basis of percentage or quota related to color, race, religion, or national origin, I will start eating the pages one after another, because it is not in there.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “I believe that each of us can make a difference. That what is wrong can be made right. That people possess the basic wisdom and goodness to govern themselves without conflict.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “I wish to suggest that ample opportunity does exist for dissent, for protest, and for nonconformity. But I must also say that the right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “If today there is a proper American “sphere of influence” it is this fragile sphere called earth upon which all men live and share a common fate – a sphere where our influence must be for peace and justice.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Never answer a question from a farmer.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The Senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it’s a pretty good detour.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Profit and morality are a hard combination to beat.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The President is the peoples lobbyist.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “National isolation breeds national neurosis.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “We will be remembered not for the power of our weapons but for the power of our compassion, our dedication to human welfare.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “My philosophy has always been that benefits should percolate up rather than trickle down.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “I learned more about the economy from one South Dakota dust storm that I did in all my years of college.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “History teaches us that the great revolutions aren’t started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better – and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “I’ve never thought my speeches were too long; I’ve rather enjoyed them.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “What do we want for people? Human dignity, personal expression and fulfillment, justice, freedom.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Slumism is the pent-up anger of people living on the outside of affluence. Slumism is decay of structure and deterioration of the human spirit. Slumism is a virus which spreads through the body politic. As other “isms,” it breeds disorder and demagoguery and hate.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Here we are the way politics ought to be in America; the politics of happiness, the politics of purpose and the politics of joy.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “None of us would trade freedom of expression for the narrowness of the public censor. America is a free market for people who have something to say, and need not fear to say it.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “This is the first generation in all of recorded history that can do something about the scourge of poverty. We have the means to do it. We can banish hunger from the face of the earth.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “I am not here to judge whether people are locked in poverty because of themselves or because of the society in which they live. All I know is that they are there and we are trying to do something about it.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “I am absolutely disgusted that anyone would put thousands of America’s boys at risk just to win a Political Campaign.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “Liberalism, above all, means emancipation – emancipation from one’s fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination, from poverty.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “We will have to decide today whether we will design the future or resign ourselves to it.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “And it is to these rights – the right of law and order, the right of life, the right of liberty, the right of a job, the right of a home in a decent neighborhood, and the right to an education – it is to these rights that I pledge my life and whatever capacity and ability I have.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “I do not feel that we should allow a shortage of funds to prevent cities from financing needed projects.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “It is better to gain a foot than to stand still, even when you seek to gain a mile.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “The leadership for civil rights has to take place in the White House or it is going to take place in the streets.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “What you do, what each of us does, has an effect on the country, the state, the nation, and the world.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.”
Hubert H. Humphrey Quote: “I had no money to buy books, so between classes and work, I haunted the library. I even tutored in French with a sliding scale of payment: twenty dollars for an A, fifteen for a B, ten for a C, five for a D.”
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