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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1567
AUTHOR: Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900–65)
QUOTATION: We believe above all else that those who hold in their hands the power of government must themselves be independent—and this kind of independence means the wisdom, the experience, the courage to identify the special interests and the pressures that are always at work, to see the public interest steadily, to resist its subordination no matter what the political hazards.
ATTRIBUTION: ADLAI E. STEVENSON, governor of Illinois, speech before the Colorado Volunteers-for-Stevenson dinner, Denver, Colorado, September 5, 1952.—Speeches of Adlai Stevenson, p. 23 (1952).
SUBJECTS: Public service