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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Thomas Riley Marshall (1854–1925)
QUOTATION: What this country needs is a really good 5-cent cigar.
ATTRIBUTION: Vice President THOMAS R. MARSHALL, a remark reportedly made to Henry M. Rose, the assistant secretary of the Senate, while Marshall was presiding as president of the Senate. The episode is detailed in the New York Tribune, January 4, 1920, part 7, p. 1. There are numerous other sources, including Marshall’s autobiography, Recollections of Thomas R. Marshall, caption facing p. 244 (1925), and Charles M. Thomas, Thomas Riley Marshall, p. 175 (1939).