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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1378
AUTHOR: Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813–61)
QUOTATION: There can be but two great political parties in this country.
ATTRIBUTION: Senator STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS, speech delivered at Bloomington, Illinois, July 16, 1858.—Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln, new and enl. ed., ed. John G. Nicolay and John Hay, vol. 3, p. 66 (1905).
SUBJECTS: Political parties