Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Helen Gahagan Douglas

American Actress under Helen Gahagan and Politician under Helen Gahagan Douglas, serving terms in Congress in California and Illinois

"Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains."

"It is not easy to be free men, for to be free you must afford freedom to your neighbor, regardless of race, color, creed or national origin, and that sometimes, for some, is very difficult."

"In trying to make something new, half the undertaking lies in discovering whether it can be done. Once it has been established that it can, duplication is inevitable."