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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: Has it [popular sovereignty] not got down as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death?
ATTRIBUTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, rejoinder in the sixth debate with Senator Stephen A. Douglas, October 13, 1858.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 3, p. 279 (1953).
SUBJECTS: American people