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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1876
AUTHOR: Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918–96)
QUOTATION: A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals.
ATTRIBUTION: Vice President SPIRO T. AGNEW, speech at a Republican fund-raising dinner, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 19, 1969.—Collected Speeches of Spiro Agnew, p. 55 (1971).
SUBJECTS: Vietnam War