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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908–79)
QUOTATION: There is no doubt that many expensive national projects may add to our prestige or serve science. But none of them must take precedence over human needs. As long as Congress does not revise its priorities, our crisis is not just material, it is a crisis of the spirit.
ATTRIBUTION: NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER, governor of New York, letter to Mayor John V. Lindsay, April 24, 1971.—The New York Times, April 25, 1971, p. 69.

This letter concerned New York City’s financial problems.
SUBJECTS: Government spending