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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1278
AUTHOR: Richard James Cardinal Cushing (1895–1970)
QUOTATION: When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to RICHARD CARDINAL CUSHING.—Everett Dirksen and Herbert V. Prochnow, Quotation Finder, p. 55 (1971). Unverified.