"The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end."
— September 9, 1952 speech, San Francisco, California
"Your public servants serve you right."
— September 11, 1952 speech, Los Angeles, California
"The power of the liberal way" consists "in helping ourselves and others to see some of the possibilities inherent in viewpoints other than one's own."
"More important than winning the election, is governing the nation. That is the test of a political party — the acid, final test."
— July 26, 1952 speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination
"We should make greater use of the United Nations as an economic agency ... we believe, to be sure, that anything which strengthens economic growth, national independence, human welfare, and democratic process will improve a nation's resistance to the virus of communism. But our first purpose is human betterment, and anything else is a by-product."
"Now, we will go about these things gradually, because it will be the spirit of man that will make the laws successful and make it possible to enforce them continuously. It will not be troops of bayonets. We will have to proceed gradually. You do not upset habits and traditions that are older than the republic overnight.... There is, however, a question of what time is tolerable to bring about the family of man in this country...(I) will do everything I can to bring about unity even if I have to ask some of you to come about it gradually."
— February 7, 1956 comments regarding civil rights, Los Angeles, California
"Government is more than the sum of all the interests; it is the paramount interest, the public interest. It must be the efficient, effective agent of a responsible citizenry, not the shelter of the incompetent and the corrupt."
—1948 speech in Bloomington, Illinois
After being struck by a sign swung by an angry woman, Stevenson said, "I don't want to send her to jail, I want to send her to school."
"The most American thing about America is the free common school system."
—1948 address to the Citizens' School Committee, Chicago, Illinois