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Patriotism
Engrave this Quote We talk a great deal about patriotism. What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility which will enable America to remain master of her power
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-Adlai Stevenson, Speech to the American Legion Convention in New York City, August 27, 1952
Engrave this Quote Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
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Peace
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Politics
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Engrave this Quote We mean by politics the people's business -- the most important business there is.
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Engrave this Quote Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
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Engrave this Quote It is an ancient political vehicle, held together by soft soap and hunger and with front-seat drivers and back-seat drivers contradicting each other in a bedlam of voices, shouting
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-Adlai Stevenson, On the Republican Party, 1952
Power
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Presidency
Engrave this Quote In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
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Principles
Engrave this Quote It is always easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
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Progress
Engrave this Quote All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
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Prophecy
Engrave this Quote Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of the things that are to be.
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Proverbial Wisdom
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Society
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Speech (freedom of)
Engrave this Quote The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.
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Engrave this Quote The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.
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Speeches (oratory)
Engrave this Quote I asked him on whom or what he had based his oratorical style. Churchill replied, It was an American statesman who inspired me and taught me how to use every note of the human voice like an organ. Winston then to my amazement started to quote long excerpts from Bourke Cockran's speeches of 60 years before. He was my model, Churchill said. I learned from him how to hold thousands in thrall.
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-Adlai Stevenson, about his last meeting with Churchill
Engrave this Quote I sometimes marvel at the extraordinary docility with which Americans submit to speeches.
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Engrave this Quote The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
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Engrave this Quote Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.
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Engrave this Quote I would rather be guilty of talking over a person's head than behind his back.
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Survival
Engrave this Quote Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
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Understanding
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Voting
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Engrave this Quote 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.
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