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J. William Fulbright Quotes

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J. William Fulbright quotes

Law is the essential foundation of stability and order both within societies and in international relations.

When public men indulge themselves in abuse, when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort to innuendo and insinuation, to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged, and democracy is baffled.

Insofar as international law is observed, it provides us with stability and order and with a means of predicting the behavior of those with whom we have reciprocal legal obligations.

The exchange program is the thing that reconciles me to all the difficulties of political life.

I do not question the power of our weapons and the efficiency of our logistics; I cannot say these things delight me as the y seem to delight some of our officials, but they are certainly impressive.

When we violate the law ourselves, whatever short-term advantage may be gained, we are obviously encouraging others to violate the law; we thus encourage disorder and instability and thereby do incalculable damage to our own long-term interests.

We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.

There are many respects in which America, if it can bring itself to act with the magnanimity and the empathy appropriate to its size and power, can be an intelligent example to the world.

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.

The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust our own government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on them.

The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.

There is an inevitable divergence between the world as it is and the world as men perceive it.

I think we Americans tend to put too high a price on unanimity, as if there were something dangerous and illegitimate about honest differences of opinion honestly expressed by honest men.

As a conservative power, the United States has a vital interest in upholding and expanding the reign of law in international relations.

In the long course of history, having people who understand your thought is much greater security than another submarine.

In the name of noble purposes men have committed unspeakable acts of cruelty against one another.

Once imbued with the idea of a mission, a great nation easily assumes that it has the means as well as the duty to do God's work.

There has been a strong tradition in this country that it is not the function of the military to educate the public on political issues.

To be a statesman, you must first get elected.

We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every 10 minutes.