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The following quotes by Adlai Stevenson II express his core idea of CONNECT:
  • Be mindful of our neighbors.
  • Engage the wider world.
  • Don't be an isolationist.
  • Serve the public.

 

"The costliest blunders have been made by dictators who did not quite understand the working of real democracy and who mistook diversity for disunity."

"The art of government has grown from its seeds in the tiny city-states of Greece to become the political mode of half the world. So let us dream of a world in which all states, great and small, work together for the peaceful flowering of the republic of man."
—June 17, 1965 speech at Harvard University

"The goal of life is more than material advance; it is now and through all eternity, the triumph of spirit over matter, of love and liberty over force and violence."

"If total isolationism is no answer, total interventionism is no answer, either. In fact, the clear, quick, definable, measurable answers are ruled out. In this twilight of power, there is no quick path to a convenient light switch."
—June 17, 1965 speech at Harvard University

"We cannot be any stronger in our foreign policy — for all the bombs and guns we may heap up in our arsenals — than we are in the spirit which rules inside the country. Foreign policy, like a river, cannot rise above its source."

"Nature is neutral. Man has wrested from nature the power to make the world a desert or to make the deserts bloom. There is no evil in the atom; only in men's souls."
—September 18, 1952 speech at Hartford, Connecticut

"When an American says that he loves his country, he...means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect."
—August 27, 1952 speech at New York City, New York

"This must be the context of our thinking — the context of human interdependence in the face of vast new dimensions of our science and our discovery...the awful majesty of outer space.
—July 9, 1965 speech in Geneva, Switzerland

"In our interdependent world there is no longer any line of demarcation between social and political problems. The solution of one depends on how well we understand the other and the extent to which we succeed in doing both."

"We doubt whether any nation has so absolute a grip on absolute truth that it is entitled to impose its idea of what is right on others."

"There is nothing to fear in difference; this is in fact one of the healthiest and most invigorating of human characteristics without which life would become lifeless."

In a controversial speech Stevenson calls for an international nuclear test ban because it would announce our peaceful intentions and be, "...a step which would reaffirm our purpose to act with humility and a decent concern for world opinion."
—April 21, 1956

"The search for peace will not end, it will begin, with the halting of these [nuclear] tests. What we will accomplish is a new beginning, and the world needs nothing so much as a new beginning. People everywhere are waiting for the United States to take once more the leadership for peace and civilization. We must regain the moral respect we once had and which our stubborn, self-righteous rigidity has nearly lost.... I have no right to stand silent: I owe it to you to express my views, whatever the consequences."
—October 15, 1956 nationwide television broadcast

"We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent upon its vulnerable reserve of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation by the care, the work, and I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it, half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave — to the ancient enemies of mankind — half free in the liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No craft, no crew, can travel safely with such vast contradictions. On their resolutions depends the survival of us all."
—July 9, 1965, Stevenson's last speech given to UN Economic and Social Council

February 5, 1944, in a report on war-torn Italy for Foreign Economic Administration, prefiguring the Marshall Plan, Stevenson observes that the "...United States has obvious long-range interests in developing the climate of enduring peace in Europe ...on a sound economic foundation."

February to April of 1960, Stevenson travels throughout Latin American and observes that, "in a region rich in resources half the people are hungry, half don't sleep in beds, half are illiterate...if they don't achieve their desire for a better economic and political life, we may find enemies and not friends on our doorstep."

"We will not lose faith in the United Nations. We see it as a living thing and we will work and pray for its full growth and development. We want it to become what it was intended to be — a world society of nations under law, not merely law backed by force, but backed by justice and popular consent. We believe the answer to world war can only be world law. This is our hope and our commitment...."
—October 24, 1952 campaign radio address for United Nations Day

Friends challenged Adlai's stand on the need for American engagement in Europe, which was tottering under the pressures of German, Italian and Spanish Fascism. He was accused of "Trying to kill our sons." Stevenson was later to assert — "I was only trying to save their sons, ...I was convinced that aide to Britain was the only way to stay out of the war."

 

In our interdependent world there is no longer any line of demarcation between social and political problems. The solution of one depends on how well we understand the other and the extent to which we succeed in doing both. -Adlai E. Stevenson II quote image
 
 
 
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