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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1372
AUTHOR:Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900–65)
QUOTATION:In the tragic days of Mussolini, the trains in Italy ran on time as never before and I am told in their way, their horrible way, that the Nazi concentration-camp system in Germany was a model of horrible efficiency. The really basic thing in government is policy. Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy, but good administration can never save bad policy.
ATTRIBUTION:ADLAI E. STEVENSON, governor of Illinois, speech before the Los Angeles Town Club, Los Angeles, California, September 11, 1952.—Speeches of Adlai Stevenson, p. 36 (1952).
SUBJECTS:Policy
 
 
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