"I think self-examination and criticism are the great and not-so-secret weapons of democracy."
"When you sling mud, you lose ground."
"A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular."
"Most of us favor free enterprise for business. Let us also favor free enterprise for the mind."
"Let's talk sense to the American people."
—July 26, 1952 speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination
"Trust the people, trust their good sense, their decency, their fortitude, their faith. Trust them with the facts. Trust them with the great decisions."
"What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility... a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
"Unreason and anti-intellectualism abominate thought.... But shouting is not a substitute for thinking and reason is not the subversion but the salvation of freedom."
"Sometimes in the deafening clamor of political statesmanship, I've thought that the people might be better served if a party purchase a half hour of radio and television silence during which the audience would be asked to think quietly for themselves."
"There are men among us who use 'patriotism' as a club for attacking other Americans.... What can we say for the man who proclaims himself a patriot — and then for political or personal reasons attacks the patriotism of faithful public servants...? Intolerance and public irresponsibility cannot be cloaked in the shining armor of rectitude and righteousness."
"The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often sinister threats to the Bill of Rights, to the freedom of the mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-communism."
"Democracy cannot be saved by supermen, but only by the unswerving devotion and goodness of millions of little men."
"Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse."
—September 12, 1952 speech, Albuquerque, New Mexico
"The victory to be won in the twentieth century, this portal to the Golden Age, mocks the pretensions of individual acumen and ingenuity."
—1952 acceptance speech
"Our reasonableness must always be motivated by the urge to learn, to share, and to find common ground."