26 Total Quotes

Everett Dirksen Quotes

Everett Dirksen
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.
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#American Politician #Money

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When a member of the House moves over to the Senate, he raises the IQ of both bodies
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#Senate

Everett Dirksen
We are becoming so accustomed to millions and billions of dollars that "thousands" has almost passed out of the dictionary.
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#American Politician

Everett Dirksen
Mr. President, that whimsical English professor, Dr. Parkinson, should formulate another Parkinson's law relating to the public debt since it so closely parallels his law on bureaucratic growth. Just as spending will always reach and overtake revenues so the public debt will constantly pierce the ceiling and finally go into orbit.
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#Debt

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I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
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#American Politician #Man

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The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion constitutionality is no match with compassion
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#Compassion

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There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
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#American Politician #Force

Everett Dirksen
I've decided to be a dull, morose bore at these press meetings. It's the only safe course. You give me no choice. I tell a joke and you convert it into an international incident. I coin a whimsical term and you make it appear I am at odds with the President. I indulge in some polite banter and you interpret it as a split in the Party.
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#Meetings

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I have said, with respect to authorization bills, that I do not want the Congress or the country to commit fiscal suicide on the installment plan.
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#American Politician #Congress

Everett Dirksen
I think the Congress finally has succumbed to the very infectious virus of bigness that began at the beginning of the century, when we first heard about big business. After a while we heard about big government. Then we began to hear about big labor. This whole bigness idea has intruded itself on the thinking of the country.
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#Beginning

Everett Dirksen
The oil can is mightier than the sword.
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#American Politician

Everett Dirksen
Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums, who can't are those in cemeteries.
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#Life

Everett Dirksen
During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he's too busy wondering what he'll do if he isn't elected
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#Politics

Everett Dirksen
We have been through this is biennial convulsion four or five different times over the past 10 or 12 years, and now it appears that we are going through this quiet agony all over again
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#Suffering

Everett Dirksen
When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength of any community is in the hearts and minds and desires of those who dwell there.
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#American Politician

Everett Dirksen
But the basic difficulty still remains: It is the expansion of Federal power, about which I wish to express my alarm. How easily we embrace such business.
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#American Politician

Everett Dirksen
A billion here, a billion there, sooner or later it adds up to real money.
Everett Dirksen Permalink
#American Politician

Everett Dirksen
A billion here and a billion there, and soon you're talking about real money.
Everett Dirksen Permalink
#American Politician

Everett Dirksen
During a political campaign everyone is concerned with what a candidate will do on this or that question if he is elected except the candidate; he's too busy wondering what he'll do if he isn't elected.
Everett Dirksen Permalink
#American Politician

Everett Dirksen
The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.
Everett Dirksen Permalink
#American Politician

Everett Dirksen
We have been through this is biennial convulsion four or five different times over the past 10 or 12 years, and now it appears that we are going through this quiet agony all over again.
Everett Dirksen Permalink
#American Politician

Everett Dirksen
When a member of the House moves over to the Senate, he raises the IQ of both bodies.
Everett Dirksen Permalink
#American Politician