"In America anyone can be President, that's one of the risks you take."
"I am like the everlasting optimist who fell off a skyscraper. As he passed the twentieth floor, the horrified spectators in windows heard him shout, 'So far, so good.'"
"Eggheads* unite — you have nothing to lose but your yolks."
"It is not possible for this nation to be at once politically internationalist and economically isolationist. This is just as insane as asking one Siamese twin to high dive while the other plays piano."
"I have been tempted to make a proposal to our Republican friends: that if they stop telling lies about us, we would stop telling the truth about them."
"You know how it is in an election year. They pick a president and then for four years they pick on him."
"I don't know why we complain so much about their broken campaign promises. It's those they keep that hurt."
"Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump for a speech on conservation."
—1956 (Stevenson liked to poke fun at Richard Nixon, vice president under Eisenhower.)
"My friends, I have one point to make tonight. That's not many, but it is one more than is made in some political speeches — and that includes some I have delivered myself."
—1956 (Stevenson was known for his self-deprecating sense of humor.)
"I regret that I have but one law firm to give to my country."
—1961 (Stevenson playfully complained that several lawyers from his firm were leaving to work in the Kennedy administration.)