J. W. Fulbright, fully James William Fulbright

J. W.
Fulbright, fully James William Fulbright
1905
1995

United States Senator representing Arkansas

Author Quotes

It is not our affluence, or our plumbing, or our clogged freeways that grip the imagination of others. Rather, it is the values upon which our system is built. These values imply our adherence not only to liberty and individual freedom, but also to international peace, law and order, and constructive social purpose. When we depart from these values, we do so at our peril.

When we violate the law ourselves, whatever short-term advantage may be gained, we are obviously encouraging others to violate the law; we thus encourage disorder and instability and thereby do incalculable damage to our own long-term interests.

There is an inevitable divergence between the world as it is and the world as men perceive it

In our excessive involvement in the affairs of other countries, we are not only living off our assets and denying our own people the proper enjoyment of their resources; we are also denying the world the example of a free society enjoying its freedom to the fullest.

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.

The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.

In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.

We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about the 'unthinkable things' because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.

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First Name
J. W.
Last Name
Fulbright, fully James William Fulbright
Birth Date
1905
Death Date
1995
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United States Senator representing Arkansas