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Suzanne La Follette Quotes

1894 - 1983

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American journalist and editor Suzanne LaFollette was a feminist, libertarian, conservative, and anti-communist. She was a founding editor of the journal National Review in 1955. She wrote Concerning Women and Art in America. She was a member of the Dewey Commission that exonerated Leon Trotsky of charges leveled by Stalin, and wrote the commission's report, Not Guilty (1937).

Selected Suzanne La Follette Quotations

• What its children become, that will the community become.

• It is necessary to grow accustomed to freedom before one may walk in it sure-footedly.

• No one who has not known the inestimable privilege can possibly realize what good fortune it is to grow up in a home where there are grandparents.

• When one hears the argument that marriage should be indissoluble for the sake of children, one cannot help wondering whether the protagonist is really such a firm friend of childhood.

• Until economic freedom is attained for everybody, there can be no real freedom for anybody.

• Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word "human."

• There is nothing more innately human than the tendency to transmute what has become customary into what has been divinely ordained.

• Where is the society which does not struggle along under a dead-weight of tradition and law inherited from its grandfather?

• The revolutionists did not succeed in establishing human freedom; they poured the new wine of belief in equal rights for all men into the old bottle of privilege for some; and it soured.

• All political and religious systems have their root and their strength in the innate conservatism of the human mind, and in its intense fear of autonomy.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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