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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1670
AUTHOR: Grover Cleveland (1837–1908)
QUOTATION: I believe that the public temper is such that the voters of the land are prepared to support the party which gives the best promise of administering the government in the honest, simple, and plain manner which is consistent with its character and purposes. They have learned that mystery and concealment in the management of their affairs cover tricks and betrayal. The statesmanship they require consists in honesty and frugality, a prompt response to the needs of the people as they arise, and a vigilant protection of all their varied interests.
ATTRIBUTION: GROVER CLEVELAND, letter accepting nomination as the Democratic candidate for president, August 8, 1884.—The Writings and Speeches of Grover Cleveland, p. 13 (1892).