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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1633
AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: I take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good.
ATTRIBUTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech at New Haven, Connecticut, March 6, 1860.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 4, p. 24 (1953).