Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Hubert Humphrey, fully Hubert Horatio Humphrey

Vice-President of the United States, Senator from Minnesota, Democratic Majority Whip, Presidential Candidate for President losing to Richard Nixon

"True wisdom is to know what is best worth knowing, and to do what is best worth doing."

"Poverty curtails individual freedom. So do illiteracy, prejudice, lack of education, inability to obtain the basic needs of life."

"The first quality of a good education is good manners - and some people flunk the course."

"We are the standard-bearers in the only really authentic revolution, the democratic revolution against tyrannies. Our strength is not to be measured by our military capacity alone, by our industry, or by our technology. We will be remembered, not for the power of our weapons, but for the power of our compassion, our dedication to human welfare."

"There are not enough jails, nor enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people."

"The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously."

"A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. "

"Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law. "

"For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end. "

"Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate. "

"National isolation breeds national neurosis. "

"The greatest gift of life is friendship..."

"To err is human. To blame someone else is politics. "

"Unfortunately, our affluent society has also been an effluent society. "