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J. William Fulbright Quotes

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

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.

I'm sure that President Johnson would never have pursued the war in Vietnam if he'd ever had a Fulbright to Japan, or say Bangkok, or had any feeling for what these people are like and why they acted the way they did. He was completely ignorant.

In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.

In our excessive involvement in the affairs of other countries, we are not only living off our assets and denying our own people the proper enjoyment of their resources; we are also denying the world the example of a free society enjoying its freedom to the fullest.

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.

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.

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

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.

Power confuses itself with virtue and tends also to take itself for omnipotence.

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 cause of our difficulties in southeast Asia is not a deficiency of power but an excess of the wrong kind of power which results in a feeling of impotence when it fails to achieve its desired ends.

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

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

The junior senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges, has so preyed upon the fears and hatreds and prejudices of the American people that he has started a prairie fire which neither he nor anyone else may be able to control.

The price of empire is America's soul, and that price is too high.

The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world.

The Soviet Union has indeed been our greatest menace, not so much because of what it has done, but because of the excuses it has provided us for our failures.

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.