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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6665
AUTHOR:Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)
QUOTATION:  Nobody has ever expected me to be president. In my poor, lean lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting.
ATTRIBUTION:Campaign Speech against Douglas. 1 
 
Note 1.
They have seen in his [Douglas’s] round, jolly fruitful face, post-offices, land-offices, marshalships and cabinet-appointments, charge-ships and foreign missions, bursting out in wonderful exuberance, ready to be laid hold of by their greedy hands. Ibid. [back]
 

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