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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1756
AUTHOR: James Francis Byrnes (1879–1972)
QUOTATION: We are gong down the road to stateism. Where we will wind up, no one can tell, but if some of the new programs seriously proposed should be adopted, there is danger that the individual—whether farmer, worker, manufacturer, lawyer, or doctor—will soon be an economic slave pulling an oar in the galley of the state.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES F. BYRNES, “Great Decisions Must Be Made,” speech delivered at the bicentennial celebration of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, June 18, 1949.—Vital Speeches of the Day, July 15, 1949, p. 580.

Byrnes served in Congress 1911–1925 and 1930–1941.