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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1824
AUTHOR: James Abram Garfield (1831–81)
QUOTATION: There is something peculiar in the temper of the House. A clear strong statement of a case if made too soon or too late fails. If well made at the right time it is effective. It is a nice point to study the right time.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative JAMES A. GARFIELD, journal entry on June 12, 1874.—Theodore C. Smith, The Life and Letters of James Abram Garfield, vol. 1, p. 511 (1925).