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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1403
AUTHOR: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
QUOTATION: He has been called a mediocre man; but this is unwarranted flattery. He was a politician of monumental littleness.
ATTRIBUTION: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, writing of John Tyler, Thomas Hart Benton, chapter 11, p. 239 (1897, reprinted 1968).
SUBJECTS: Politicians