Quotes by Hubert H. Humphrey

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
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
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
Never give up on anybody.
– 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 greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.
– Hubert H. Humphrey