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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1288
AUTHOR: Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)
QUOTATION: A member of the Cabinet congratulated Wilson on introducing the vogue of short speeches and asked him about the time it took him to prepare his speeches. He said: “It depends. If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”
ATTRIBUTION: President WOODROW WILSON.—Josephus Daniels, The Wilson Era; Years of War and After, 1917–1923, p. 624 (1946).

See also No. 2078.