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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900–65)
QUOTATION: Let’s face it. Let’s talk sense to the American people. Let’s tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains, that we are now on the eve of great decisions, not easy decisions, like resistance when you’re attacked, but a long, patient, costly struggle which alone can assure triumph over the great enemies of man—war, poverty and tyranny—and the assaults upon human dignity which are the most grievous consequences of each.
ATTRIBUTION: ADLAI E. STEVENSON, governor of Illinois, speech accepting presidential nomination, Democratic national convention, Chicago, Illinois, July 26, 1952.—Speeches of Adlai Stevenson, pp. 20–21 (1952).
SUBJECTS: American people