Thoughts of Stevenson’s UN Deputy Charles Yost

  • Felicity O. Yost


It was of Eleanor [Roosevelt] that Adlai Stevenson said:’ she would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.’ They were a pair. One can no more write a thumbnail sketch of either of them than one can describe a smile or the touch of a hand. No one is perfect, but they came closer, without trying, to ‘loving thy neighbor as thyself’ than most people do, trying hard. Have you seen that photo of their profiles together, serene, simple, and human? They were both great and very simple—a rare, refreshing combination. … I think I am better for having worked with Adlai for four years. At least I should be.”1


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  1. 1.
    Charles W. Yost, History & Memory (New York: W. W. Norton, 1980), 241.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Walter Johnson, ed., The Papers of Adlai Stevenson: Ambassador to the United Nations, Volume VIII, 1961–65 (New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 1979), 207–8.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Charles W. Yost, The Conduct and Misconduct of Foreign Affairs (New York: Random House, 1972), 185.Google Scholar

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