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Published Sunday, May 27, 2012 @ 3:12 AM EDT
May 27 2012

Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. (May 27, 1911 – January 13, 1978)

American public opinion is like an ocean- it cannot be stirred by a teaspoon.

As we begin to comprehend that the earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space- it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family.

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.

Foreign policy is really domestic policy with its hat on

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

There are those who say to you- we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.

I learned more about economics from one South Dakota dust storm than I did in all my years at college.

I wish to suggest that ample opportunity does exist for dissent, for protest, and for nonconformity. But I must also say that the right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

Liberalism, above all, means emancipation- emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination... from poverty.

National isolation breeds national neurosis.

Never answer a question from a farmer.

Never give in and never give up.

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.

Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.

The difference between heresy and prophecy is often one of sequence. Heresy often turns out to have been prophecy- when properly aged.

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.

The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

The President has only 190 million bosses. The Vice President has 190 million and one.

The President is the people's lobbyist.

There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.

There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.

This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves; not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.

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

Today we know that World War II began not in 1939 or 1941 but in the 1920s and 1930s when those who should have known better persuaded themselves that they were not their brother's keeper.

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

We are in danger... of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.


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