Hubert H. Humphrey Quotes

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

What we need are critical lovers of America – patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.

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

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

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.

The ugliness of bigotry stands in direct contradiction to the very meaning of America.

No man is free from the terrible burdens of historic events; no nation is composed of angels, free from human frailty. The relevant question is not – is this people perfect? But, what are they doing about the imperfection? In what direction are they moving – and how fast?

There is in every American, I think, something of the old Daniel Boone – who, when he could see the smoke from another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved further out into the wilderness.

Through reasonable discussion, through taking into account the views of many, Congress amends and refines legislative proposals so that once a law is passed it reflects the collective judgment of a diverse people.

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