Nation: No Hemming, Hawing or Quitting

Though one of the most talkative politicians of modern times, Humphrey will be remembered for his deeds, not his words. They were rarely memorable, but they were invariably heartfelt. They expressed rather than camouflaged the real man. A Humphrey sampler:

On speaking his mind. "I've seen all these people that hem and haw. They never quite get around to saying where they are or who they are or what they are, what they want, where they've been or where they're going. You have to make some judgments; you just can't keep waiting for more evidence."

On the politics of joy. "Happiness is contagious,...

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