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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Rufus Choate (1799–1859)
QUOTATION: We have built no national temples but the Capitol; we consult no common oracle but the Constitution.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative RUFUS CHOATE, “The Importance of Illustrating New-England History by a Series of Romances like the Waverley Novels,” lecture delivered at Salem, Massachusetts, 1833.—Samuel Gilman Brown, The Works of Rufus Choate with a Memoir of His Life, vol. 1, p. 345 (1862).
SUBJECTS: Capitol building, Washington, D.C.