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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1747
AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: Singular indeed that the people should be writhing under oppression and injury, and yet not one among them to be found, to raise the voice of complaint.
ATTRIBUTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, remarks in the Illinois legislature, January 11, 1837.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 1, p. 65 (1953).

A related expression is, “You must be vocal at all times on political matters, pro or con, voicing your opinion so that it may be heard by those who govern,” attributed to David L. Lawrence, governor of Pennsylvania 1958–1962. Unverified.
SUBJECTS: Speaking out