"I have said, with respect to authorization bills, that I do not want the Congress or the country to commit fiscal suicide on the installment plan."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Everett Dirksen on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Everett Dirksen on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Everett Dirksen on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Everett Dirksen on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Everett Dirksen on Abraham Lincoln
"A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."
"There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come."
"When all is said and done, the real citadel of strength of any community is in the hearts and minds and desires of those who dwell there."