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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1557
AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: In this and like communities, public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed.
ATTRIBUTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, reply in the first debate with Senator Stephen A. Douglas, Ottawa, Illinois, August 21, 1858.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 3, p. 27 (1953).

See also No. 1332.
SUBJECTS: Public opinion