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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Will Rogers (1879–1935)
QUOTATION: You’ve got to be [an] optimist to be a Democrat, and you’ve got to be a humorist to stay one.
ATTRIBUTION: WILL ROGERS, Good Gulf radio show, June 24, 1934.—Radio Broadcasts of Will Rogers, ed. Steven K. Gragert, p. 92 (1983).
SUBJECTS: Democratic party