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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1496
AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: In a certain sense, and to a certain extent, he [the president] is the representative of the people. He is elected by them, as well as congress is. But can he, in the nature [of] things, know the wants of the people, as well as three hundred other men, coming from all the various localities of the nation? If so, where is the propriety of having a congress?
ATTRIBUTION: Representative ABRAHAM LINCOLN, remarks in the House, July 27, 1848.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 1, p. 504 (1953).
SUBJECTS: Presidency