Eugene McCarthy, fully Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy

Eugene
McCarthy, fully Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy
1916
2005

American Politician, Poet, Congressman from Minnesota, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Five-time Unsuccessful American Presidential Candidate

Author Quotes

Let us pick up again these lost strands and weave them again into the fabric of America, sort out the music from the sounds and again respond to the trumpet and the steady drum.

There is only one thing to do — take it to the country!

McCarthyism is Americanism with its sleeves rolled.

This is, I say, the time for all good men not to go to the aid of their party, but to come to the aid of their country.

Never say anything in a national campaign that anyone might remember.

We do not need presidents who are bigger than the country, but rather ones who speak for it and support it.

Nixon is the kind of guy who, if you were drowning twenty feet from shore, would throw you a fifteen-foot rope.

No man could be equipped for the presidency if he has never been tempted by one of the seven cardinal sins.

Now it is certain. There is no magic stone. No secret to be found. One must go with the mind's winnowed learning.

An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.

One thing about a pig, he thinks he's warm if his nose is warm. I saw a bunch of pigs one time that had frozen together in a rosette, each one's nose tucked under the rump of the one in front. We have a lot of pigs in politics.

As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise, for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it, and then misapplying the wrong remedies.

Broken things are powerful. Things about to break are stronger still. The last shot from the brittle bow is truest.

Saying we should keep the two-party system simply because it is working is like saying the Titanic voyage was a success because a few people survived on life rafts.

Have you ever tried to split sawdust?

The function of liberal Republicans is to shoot the wounded after the battle.

I can still smell the tear gas in the Hilton Hotel.

The glove has been thrown to the ground, the last choice of weapons made. A book for one thought. A poem for one line. A line for one word.

I have left Act I, for involution and Act II. There, mired in complexity I cannot write Act III.

The maple tree that night without a wind or rain let go its leaves because its time had come.

I'm kind of an accidental instrument, really, through which I hope that the judgment and the will of this nation can be expressed.

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty

In 1968, the party became a kind of unrelated bloc of factions ... each refusing accommodation with another, each wanting control at the expense of all the others.

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency.

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First Name
Eugene
Last Name
McCarthy, fully Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy
Birth Date
1916
Death Date
2005
Bio

American Politician, Poet, Congressman from Minnesota, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Five-time Unsuccessful American Presidential Candidate