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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1407
AUTHOR:Artemus Ward (1834–67)
QUOTATION:I’m not a politician and my other habits are good. I’ve no enemys to reward, nor friends to sponge. But I’m a Union man.
ATTRIBUTION:ARTEMUS WARD (Charles Farrar Browne), Fourth of July oration delivered at Weathersfield, Connecticut, July 4, 1859.—The Complete Works of Artemus Ward, pp. 175–76 (1898).

  Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 15th ed., p. 616, footnote 2 (1980), says the first sentence was a favorite quotation of John F. Kennedy’s.
SUBJECTS:Politicians
 
 
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