Adlai Ewing Stevenson

Adlai Ewing

American Vice President, Congressman, Presidential Candidate

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Nature is neutral. Man has wrested from nature the power to make the world a desert or to make the deserts bloom. there is no evil in the atom; only in men’s souls.

Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.

Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.

Let's face it. Let's talk sense to the American people. Let's tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains, that we are now on the eve of great decisions, not easy decisions, like resistance when you're attacked, but along, patient, costly struggle which alone can assure triumph over the great enemies of man - war, poverty and tyranny - and the assaults upon human dignity which are the most grievous consequences of each.

It is not possible for this nation to be at once politically internationalist and economically isolationist. This is just as insane as asking one Siamese twin to high dive while the other plays piano.

Knowledge alone is not enough. It must be leavened with magnanimity before it becomes wisdom.

If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow whatever that search may lead us. The free mind is no barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.

In youth, everything seems possible; but we reach a point in the middle years when we realize that we are never going to reach all the shining goals we had set for ourselves. And in the end, most of us reconcile ourselves, with what grace we can, to living with our ulcers and arthritis, our sense of partial failure, our less-than-ideal families - and even our politicians!

If our freedom means ease alone, if it means shirking the hard disciplines of learning, if it means evading the rigors and rewards of creative activity, if it means more expenditure on advertising than education, if it means in the schools the steady cult of the trivial and the mediocre, if it means - worst of all - indifference, or even contempt for all but athletic excellence, we may keep for a time the forms of free society, but its spirit will be dead.

If the pursuit of peace is both old and new, it is also both complicated and simple. It is complicated, for it has to do with people, and nothing in this universe baffles man as much as man himself.

Freedom is not an ideal it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set - and this in a world where half our fellow man have less than enough to eat.

Freedom rings where opinions clash.

On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.

A wise man does not try to hurry history. Many wars have been avoided by patience and many have been precipitated by reckless haste.

Man has wrested from nature the power to make the world a desert or to make the deserts bloom. There is no evil in the atom; only in men's souls.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. You are a child of the universe with no less than the trees and the stars.

It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.

Laws are never as effective as habits.

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American Vice President, Congressman, Presidential Candidate