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Quotes of the day: Margaret Chase Smith
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Published Saturday, December 14, 2013 @ 5:11 AM EST
Dec 14 2013

Margaret Madeline Chase Smith (December 14,1897 - May 29, 1995) was an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, she served as a U.S Representative (1940-1949) and a U.S. Senator (1949-1973) from Maine. She was the first woman to serve in both houses of the United States Congress, and the first woman to represent Maine in either. A moderate Republican, she is perhaps best remembered for her 1950 speech, "Declaration of Conscience," in which she criticized the tactics of McCarthyism. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)

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Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.

Freedom of speech is not what it used to be in America. It has been so abused by some that it is not exercised by others.

Freedom unexercised may be freedom forfeited.

I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we are secure in our own soul.

I don't like the way the Senate has been made a rendezvous for vilification, for selfish political gain at the sacrifice of individual reputations and national unity.

I don't want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny- Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear.

In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love, you want the other person.

Leadership is not manifested by coercion, even against the resented. Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any measures.

Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk.

One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking.

Public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation.

Smears are not only to be expected but fought. Honor is to be earned, not bought.

The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.

Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism-
The right to criticize.
The right to hold unpopular beliefs.
The right to protest.
The right of independent thought.

We should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference.

When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.

Our freedoms today are not so much in danger because people are consciously trying to take them away from us as they are in danger because we forget to use them.

The preservation of freedom is in the hands of the people themselves- not of the government.


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