Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Abraham Lincoln (180965)
The President to-night has a dream:He was in a party of plain people, and, as it became known who he was, they began to comment on his appearance. One of them said:He is a very common-looking man. The President replied:The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is the reason he makes so many of them.
Attributed to President ABRAHAM LINCOLN, December 23, 1863.John Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, vol. 1, pp. 14243 (1908, reprinted 1969).