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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1666
AUTHOR: James Abram Garfield (1831–81)
QUOTATION: I have seen the sea lashed into fury and tossed into spray, and its grandeur moves the soul of the dullest man; but I remember that it is not the billows, but the calm level of the sea from which all heights and depths are measured.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative JAMES A. GARFIELD, speech nominating John Sherman for president.—Proceedings of the Republican National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, June 2–8, 1880, p. 184 (1881).

Garfield himself was ultimately nominated at this convention.