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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1285
AUTHOR: Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900–65)
QUOTATION: Middle-aged clubwoman, with a flutter in her voice: “Oh, Mr. Stevenson, your speech was superfluous.”

“Thank you, madam. I’ve been thinking of having it published posthumously.”

“Oh, won’t that be nice. The sooner the better.”
ATTRIBUTION: ADLAI E. STEVENSON, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, favorite anecdote on public occasions.—Richard J. Walton, The Remnants of Power: The Tragic Last Years of Adlai Stevenson, p. 24 (1968).