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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1339
AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: The President to-night has a dream:—He was in a party of plain people, and, as it became known who he was, they began to comment on his appearance. One of them said:—“He is a very common-looking man.” The President replied:—“The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is the reason he makes so many of them.”
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to President ABRAHAM LINCOLN, December 23, 1863.—John Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary, vol. 1, pp. 142–43 (1908, reprinted 1969).