Margaret Chase Smith Quote

Strength, the American way, is not manifested by threats of criminal prosecution or police state methods.
Leadership is not manifested by coercion, even against the resented. Greatness is not manifested by unlimited pragmatism, which places such a high premium on the end justifying any means and any methods.


Declaration of Conscience (1972), p. 293; also misquoted as ending with "the end justifying any means and any measures."

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Strength, the American way, is not manifested by threats of criminal prosecution or police state methods. Leadership is not manifested by coercion,...

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Strength, the American way, is not manifested by threats of criminal prosecution or police state methods. Leadership is not manifested by coercion,...