Here are a few of the many quotable words of Adlai Stevenson II, Illinois governor, two-time Democratic Presidential nominee, and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations noted for his intellectual demeanor, eloquent public speaking, and promotion of progressive causes born Feb. 5, 1900:
Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
Upon the plains of hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who when on the dawn of victory paused to rest, and there resting died.
A hungry man is not a free man.
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.
It's hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them.
Making peace is harder than making war.
My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
It is often easier to fight for one’s principles than it is to live up to them.