Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Everett McKinley Dirksen (18961969)
A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon youre talking about real money.
Attributed to Senator EVERETT M. DIRKSEN by John Kriegsman, confidant of Dirksens and one-time Republican official in Illinois. Kriegsman reportedly heard this and similar statements as off-the-cuff remarks during campaigns and meetings in Illinois. This remark does not appear in any formal address or in Dirksens papers.