Norman Thomas Quotes


I always get more applause than votes.

The very existence of armaments and great armies psychologically accustoms us to accept the philosophy of militarism. They inevitably increase fear and hate in the world.

You may use different sorts of sentences and illustrations before different sorts of audiences but you don't -- if you are wise -- talk down to any audience.

The doctrine of thrift for the poor is dumb and cruel like advising them to try and lift themselves by their bootstraps.

Harry Truman proves that old adage that any man can become President of the United States.

If you want a symbolic gesture don't burn the flag; wash it.

Kennedy said that if we had nuclear war we'd kill 300 million people in the first hour. McNamara who is a good businessman and likes to save says it would be only 200 million.

I am not the champion of lost causes but the champion of causes not yet won.

The difference between Democrats and Republicans is: Democrats have accepted some ideas of Socialism cheerfully while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly

I walk where I choose to walk.

The Socialist Party will no longer be running a candidate for president. The Democratic Party is leading this country to Socialism much faster than we could ever hope to.

Peace will never be entirely secure until men everywhere have learned to conquer poverty without sacrificing liberty or security.

Dissent... is a right essential to any concept of the dignity and freedom of the individual; it is essential to the search for truth in a world wherein no authority is infallible.

He who would save liberty must put his trust in democracy.

The central law of all wholesome life is reciprocity mutuality. ... But the group is valuable only as it permits personalities not automatons to emerge.

I now see Norman Thomas as indeed a liberal but as a real old-fashioned unreconstructed liberal who believes in freedom and justice for everybody.

The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values.

Rebellion per se is not a virtue. If it were we would have some heroes on very low levels.

All our rulers have said that war is unthinkable and then we think about it almost all the time. We've got to make it unthinkable.