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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1776
AUTHOR: Abraham Lincoln (1809–65)
QUOTATION: I am glad to know that there is a system of labor where the laborer can strike if he wants to! I would to God that such a system prevailed all over the world.
ATTRIBUTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech at Hartford, Connecticut, March 5, 1860, as reported in the Hartford Daily Courant, March 6, 1860.—The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, ed. Roy P. Basler, vol. 4, p. 7 (1953).