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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1392
AUTHOR: Joseph Weldon Bailey (1863–1929)
QUOTATION: I would he were better, I would he were worse.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to Senator JOSEPH WELDON BAILEY. Unverified. Said to have been applied to President Theodore Roosevelt during debate on the Railroad Rate Bill of 1906.
SUBJECTS: Politicians