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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1274
AUTHOR: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
QUOTATION: After the war, and until the day of his death, his position on almost every public question was either mischievous or ridiculous, and usually both.
ATTRIBUTION: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, Thomas Hart Benton (vol. 7 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed.), chapter 8, p. 104 (1926).

He was referring to Wendell Phillips, well-known nineteenth century Abolitionist.
SUBJECTS: Opinions