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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1774
AUTHOR: Wendell Lewis Willkie (1892–1944)
QUOTATION: It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong.
ATTRIBUTION: WENDELL WILLKIE, speech accepting nomination as Republican candidate for president, Elwood, Indiana, August 17, 1940.—Willkie, This Is Wendell Willkie, pp. 273–74 (1940).
SUBJECTS: Strength