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Margaret Chase Smith

  • I believe that freedom of speech should not be so abused by some that it is not exercised by others because of fear and smear. But I do believe that we should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference. I believe that people should never get so indifferent, cynical and sophisticated that they don't get shocked into action. I believe that we should not forget how to disagree agreeably and how to criticize constructively. I believe with all my heart that we must not become a nation of mental mutes blindly following demagogues. I believe that in our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we secure our own soul.

    • Margaret Chase Smith,
    • on Edward R. Murrow's "This I Believe" ()
  • One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little.

    • Margaret Chase Smith,
    • speech ()
  • Moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.

    • Margaret Chase Smith,
    • speech ()
  • ... we should not permit tolerance to degenerate into indifference.

    • Margaret Chase Smith,
    • in Raymond Swing, ed., This I Believe: 2 ()
  • When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.

    • Margaret Chase Smith,
    • in Time ()
  • The key to security is public information.

    • Margaret Chase Smith,
    • "It's Time to Speak Up for National Defense," Reader's Digest ()
  • As long as there are big corporations, there will be big unions. The economic power of big business will be matched by the economic power of the big unions.

    • Margaret Chase Smith
  • My basic rule is to speak slowly and simply so that my audience has an opportunity to follow and think about what I am saying.

    • Margaret Chase Smith

Margaret Chase Smith, U.S. politician, member of Congress

(1897 - 1985)