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Hubert H. Humphrey
May 27, 1911 - January 13, 1978
Nationality: American
Category: Politician
Subcategory: American Politician

Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty.


Today we know that World War II began not in 1939 or 1941 but in the 1920's and 1930's 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.


There are not enough jails, not enough police, 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.


I learnt more about politics during one South Dakota dust storm than in seven years at the university.


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


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


Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.


I learned more about the economy from one South Dakota dust storm that I did in all my years of college.


It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.


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


A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.


The difference between hearsay and prophecy is often one of sequence. Hearsay often turns out to have been prophecy.


The Senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it's a pretty good detour.


Leadership in today's world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.


It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.


The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.


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


Each child is an adventure into a better life - an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.


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