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J. William Fulbright
American senator

Insofar as it represents a genuine reconciliation of differences, a consensus is a fine thing; insofar as it represents a concealment of differences, it is a miscarriage of democratic procedure.

Oct. 22, 1965 - from a speech in the United States Senate
The citizen who criticizes his country is paying it an implied tribute.

Apr. 28, 1966 - from a speech to the American Newspaper Publishers Association
The case for government by elites is irrefutable.

1963 - from a speech at a symposium entitiled "The Elite and the Electorate: Is Government by the People Possible?", a project of the Ford Foundation
A democracy can recover quickly from physical or economic disaster, but when its moral convictions weaken it becomes easy prey for the demagogue and the charlatan. Tyranny and oppression then become the order of the day.

In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.

Apr. 21, 1966 - from a speech