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."
My creed is that public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation with full recognition that every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration, that constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought, that smears are not only to be expected but fought, that honor is to be earned but not bought.Margaret Chase Smith
My basic rule is to speak slowly and simply so that my audience has an opportunity to follow and think about what I am saying.Margaret Chase Smith
The greatest deliberative body in the world?has too often been debased to the level of a forum of hate and character assassination sheltered by the shield of congressional immunity.Margaret Chase Smith