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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1379
AUTHOR: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
QUOTATION: The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made.
ATTRIBUTION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON, “The Conservative,” lecture delivered at the Masonic Temple, Boston, Massachusetts, December 9, 1841.—Nature, Addresses and Lectures (vol. 3 of The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson), p. 273 (1906).
SUBJECTS: Political parties