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Quotes of the Day for 4 January 2002 – Everett Dirksen

Everett McKinley Dirksen was born at Pekin, Illinois on this day in 1896. A college dropout (University of Minnesota) and a successful businessman, he was probably the most powerful voice in the US Senate in the 20th century. As a leader of the Republican party he went from being a major critic of Truman to a great supporter of LBJ, particularly on civil rights. Strangely, there is absolutely no record, written or recorded, that he actually said "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money." But it's not likely that anyone else would have.

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The quotes:

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

There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.

I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
     - Today's quotes are all from Everett McKinley Dirksen, 1896 - 1969

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