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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1237
AUTHOR: Morris Sheppard (1875–1941)
QUOTATION: A nation that can not preserve itself ought to die, and it will die—die in the grasp of the evils it is too feeble to overthrow.
ATTRIBUTION: Senator MORRIS SHEPPARD, remarks in the Senate, December 18, 1914, Congressional Record, vol. 52, p. 338.