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"To be able to endure odium is the first art to be learned by those who aspire to power."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Hubert H. Humphrey Quotes
A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Anyone who thinks that the vice-president can take a position independent of the president of his administration simply has no knowledge of politics or government. You are his choice in a political marriage, and he expects your absolute loyalty.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Each child is an adventure into a better life - an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
Hubert H. Humphrey

For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Here we are the way politics ought to be in America; the politics of happiness, the politics of purpose and the politics of joy.
Hubert H. Humphrey

I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.
Hubert H. Humphrey

I learned more about the economy from one South Dakota dust storm that I did in all my years of college.
Hubert H. Humphrey

I learnt more about politics during one South Dakota dust storm than in seven years at the university.
Hubert H. Humphrey

If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.
Hubert H. Humphrey

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.
Hubert H. Humphrey

It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.
Hubert H. Humphrey

It is not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.
Hubert H. Humphrey

It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Never answer a question from a farmer.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Never give in and never give up.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.
Hubert H. Humphrey

The difference between hearsay and prophecy is often one of sequence. Hearsay often turns out to have been prophecy.
Hubert H. Humphrey

The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
Hubert H. Humphrey

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

The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a master-architect; in execution, the labors of many.
Hubert H. Humphrey

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

The Senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it's a pretty good detour.
Hubert H. Humphrey

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

There are those who say to you - we are rushing this issue of civil rights. I say we are 172 years late.
Hubert H. Humphrey

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.
Hubert H. Humphrey

This, then, is the test we must set for ourselves; not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us.
Hubert H. Humphrey

To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Underneath the beautiful exterior there was an element of ruthlessness and toughness that I had trouble either accepting or forgetting.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Unfortunately, our affluent society has also been an effluent society.
Hubert H. Humphrey

We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.
Hubert H. Humphrey

We believe that to err is human. To blame it on someone else is politics.
Hubert H. Humphrey

Type:
Politician
Date of Birth:
1911-05-27
Year of Death:
1978
Nationality:
American
 

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