J. William Fulbright Quotes

To criticise one’s country is to do it a service. Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism – a higher form of patriotism, I believe than the familiar rituals and national adulation.

Gradually but unmistakably, America is showing signs of that arrogance of power which has afflicted, weakened, and in some cases destroyed great nations in the past. In so doing, we are not living up to our capacity and promise as a civilized example for the world. The measure of our falling short is the measure […]

Nature-pitiless in a pitiless universe-is certainly not concerned with the survival of Americans or, for that matter, of any two billion people now inhabiting this earth. Hence, our destiny, with the aid of God, remains in our own hands.

In a contest between a hawk and dove, the hawk has a great advantage, not because it is a better bird but because it is a bigger bird with lethal talons and a highly developed will to use them.