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Official portrait as vice president (ca. 1964)

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Quotes of the Day for 27 May 2002 – Hubert Humphrey

Hubert Horatio Humphrey was born at Wallace, South Dakota on this day in 1911. His education was delayed by the depression, but he ended up with three degrees. His political campaign started with a loss in the race for mayor of Minneapolis, a position he later won twice. He served in the US Senate for a total of 23 years, both before and after serving as Lyndon Johnson's vice president. During his years at Washington City he was a fiery and effective advocate for civil rights, despite his frustrated presidential ambitions.

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The quotes:

Defeat, like victory, is only a passing phenomenon in a political career. The battle for one's ideals and beliefs must go on, and I mean to pursue mine.
     - personal letter following 1968 presidential campaign

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

To err is human. To blame someone else is politics.
     - Hubert H. Humphrey, 1911 - 1978

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